Building Successful Teams – Part II

TeamI hope you have read my first blog about building a successful team. It will position you to join me on this journey with God as we continue looking at how He grows an effective ministry of women working together. Now we need to consider networking. I hope to persuade you of the importance of this tool in creating and empowering your team.

Social Media has taken us by storm. We connect through texts, email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram. While these may be convenient, quick methods of communication, experience has revealed that nothing can replace in-person communication among the women with whom we are working. For our purpose of growing in leadership and with team building in mind, we will look through our spiritual eyes into other women’s hearts, and that can best be done face-to-face.

Knowing other women in ministry can offer many benefits. You will build lasting friendships, gain new ideas, enjoy prayerful support, lessen feelings of discouragement and isolation, and enhance your overall ministry for reaching women. Networking with women in other ministries inevitably brings about individual spiritual growth and Kingdom growth, as it connects you with other women who have similar interests and goals.

I had served at my local church for about five years when God gave me the assignment of this next team mission. Once again God gave me His word for the team: “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body though many are one body, so it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12 (ESV)

The goal was, beyond a doubt, Kingdom growth. God filled my heart with the knowledge of how to bring groups of women together to grow His Kingdom through women’s ministry, and it stirred my spirit with excitement and joy to be called in this way.

This new team I formed was at the association level, and was made up of women’s ministry leaders from the nearly forty churches within the association. In my denomination, the association is an entity whose purpose is to assist the local church within the county. Many denominations have similar organizations with like purposes called by other names.

The team was called Women’s Ministry Connection. That was my goal: to build a network of women who were working with women’s ministry in the local churches. We built powerful relationships as God drew us together. Even after God moved me out of the position as leader of this group and on to a wider level of service, I maintained contact with many of the women who served with me on that team, and I can see clearly the impact the team had on our association. This type of team is extremely beneficial in growing women as leaders and nurturing team building skills in each of them.

Because my space here is limited, I will refer those of you who are interested in knowing more about this structure to the chapter I wrote about it in the book Transformed Lives: Taking Women’s Ministry to the Next Level (LifeWay Christian Resources).

I want to leave you with one essential thought on teams. Great teams start with a humble leader who is willing to bow her knee. No matter what size team you are called to lead, one thing you must do is start with a humble heart willing to pray, pray, pray! This is a must for anyone who feels she has been called to ministry. Everything hinges on your commitment to pray, and your obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)

What a promise! Yes, He knows just which women need to be on your team and just what your organizational chart should look like. He will call forth women around you to fulfill His plan for your life.

May our Lord bless each of your teams and your ministries, and may we all bring Him glory. I hope you will look forward to Building Successful Teams – Part III.

God’s Best to you this day!
Shirley

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