How You Can Stay Connected to Your Ministry Team

The work of any ministry can be very time consuming at times. Sometimes we get so focused on the mission and the purpose that we often overlook the people who are helping us carry it out. When God allows other people to assist us in ministry, it is important that we are able to establish and maintain strong lines of communication. Email and phone calls are nice, but there is no substitute for face to face interaction.

I’m sure you probably have meetings with your ministry team every week or a couple of times per month. When was the last time you met with your team members on an individual basis?

Holding one-on-one meetings with the members of your ministry team can be a key element to the the cohesiveness of your team. It will allow you to get to know your members on a more personal level. During that one-on-one time, you will be able to get a real understanding about how your team is doing. You will find that people will be open and honest about the dynamics of the team. They will share things that they might not share in front of the rest of the group.

You and your team members have lives outside of your ministry. While in these one-on-one meetings you will get the opportunity to learn about your team outside of church and ministry. Additionally, they will get the opportunity to learn more about you.

I know what you may be thinking. You don’t have time to add another 5 to 10 meetings per month to your calendar. I’m not referring to large amounts of time. A time frame of 30-60 minutes should be sufficient. You can make this happen. This in an investment in God’s people and God’s ministry. Meals are great times to schedule one-on-ones. We all have to eat. Try to schedule meetings during lunches or even dinner.

If your are not currently holding one-on-ones, I encourage you to begin implementing them immediately. If meeting with your entire team is not feasible, then begin by meeting with a few key members. True ministry is about informing, developing and empowering people. One-on-one meetings will go a long way to stregnthening the structure of your team.

Please share your thoughts and experiences about one-on-one meetings.

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