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Greg Baird: "Your ministry will only go to the level that you and your team can take it."

“Your ministry will only go to the level that you and your team can take it.”

1. Lead with vision.

This is the primary reason anyone should, and would, join your team. Is your vision big? Clear? Compelling? Is the vision you ask them to follow meaningful? Something they can contribute to?

Paint a great picture of where the team is headed and you’re more likely to have a great team.

2. Engage with sincerity.

In other words, love your people. Serve them. Take care of them. Listen to them. Solve problems with them. Care about what they care about—sincerely.

3. Create a clear path to success.

Communicate responsibilities and expectations. Create systems and processes. Encourage them along the way. Let them know where they are going and how to get there.

4. Live life with them.

Life happens. Hurts, losses and unexpected bends in the road are all part of the journey. So are growth, personal accomplishment and celebration. As the leader, we need to flex, support and be there when life happens to our team members. If we are, they will most likely still be there with us when the life event is over.

5. Invest in them.

Equip them to do the work you’ve asked them to do. Develop them to be true leaders (see this article for the difference between equipping and developing). Make sure they are better when (if) they leave the team than when they joined the team—regardless of their contribution while a member. This requires an investment of time, effort and, probably, money, on your part.  

Greg Baird Greg Baird is a Children’s Ministry veteran with over 20 years ministry experience. Greg has had the privilege of serving in four San Diego area churches, including under the leadership of both John Maxwell and David Jeremiah. He continues to fulfill his life calling through the ministry of ChildrensMinistryLeader.com, offering an experienced voice in equipping and connecting Children’s Ministry leaders around the country and around the world.

More from Greg Baird or visit Greg at http://childrensministryleader.com

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