When I sat down for our 6-month review process, one of the things that I put on my list as a number one priority is to continue to mentor and develop my team. I realized that I hadn’t done that well over the past six months (and longer!), but I needed to. I have recognized that the best way to have a great impact in ministry is to spend time helping my team of leaders grow.
It’s not easy.
It is my job and responsibility to develop my team and help them improve as individuals. I not only want them to be rock star ministers, but I want them to be rock stars in all parts of their lives. I am to help them acquire personal qualities that will benefit them in many areas of life, not just their ministry life.
When I was in my early 20’s, people who were serious about growing as leaders surrounded me. They taught me a lot of skills, but more importantly, they taught me the attitude of always trying to grow AND to try and help others grow by equipping them.
I can’t expect my team to have been exposed to the same type of experience as I was. Therefore, I should expose them to it now.
This is at the heart of equipping.
Nothing pays bigger dividends than equipping your team. Here are some practical ways I am beginning to help equip my team:
- Once a month, during our team meeting, we take 30-45 minutes and listen to an audio leadership lesson. Or, I teach a lesson that I’ve been learning recently. Each of these sessions ends with some questions about how to practically apply these lessons to our ministry and our life.
- I encourage my team to attend a couple conferences or seminars a year. I’ll have some recommendations for them, but I want them to pick them for themselves. If I can, I’ll try to create a budget for this so that my team can go without worrying about the cost.
- I recommend books for them to read (and sometimes I teach on books that I’ve read). Reading leads to growing. Leaders are readers. My goal would be to help them read at least one book a month that will help them grow.
- Model personal and professional growth. All this is worthless if I don’t do it myself. I believe these things have helped me become the minister and leader I am today (and recognize that I still have a long way to go). I also believe that it can help my team, so I model it. If I don’t model these things, why would my team?
Developing and equipping my team is truly the most important thing I can do in my ministry.
What do you do to help develop and equip your team?