As a ministry leader, how connected are you to your team? Whether you work directly with your elders or function on a ministry staff, maintaining positive and supportive relationships often is the key to effective ministry.
In a recent survey of 165 Midwest, ministry leaders, 92% said they work on a “very” to “moderately united ministry team”. In fact, 78% stated they have “excellent” to “good support from their supervisor” (pastor or elder board).
Team unity and support was on Jesus’ mind as He prepared to go to the cross. In John 15, Jesus called Himself “the Vine” and His Father “the Gardener“. He prayed that His disciples and future followers would be one, like He and His Father. Then Jesus goes on to pray His purpose for unity to be “that the world my believe that you have sent me” (John 17:21).
Obviously, being united and supportive to all Christ followers and especially our ministry team, is to be our goal and focus in serving Him.
How does team “unity” and “support” practically look in your ministry setting when organizing worship and ministry programs?
What is your responsibility in promoting relational unity when your opinion is different or program is criticized?
Practically speaking, team unity and support is difficult to live out, promote and maintain. This is why Jesus prayed for us and desires to help us be unified.