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Solving (Sunday Morning) Chaos

Sue Kahawaii

Unifying Your Ministry Team

Add these ingredients to your team to bond ministry teams together.

  • Determine the personality types that exist on your ministry team. I've been blessed to work with people who are very different from me, and recognizing those differences has helped me immensely. To recognize personality types, read The Treasure Tree by John Trent at a ministry team meeting. Think of who each of you would be in the story. If animals aren't your thing, explore Florence and Marita Littauer's Personality Puzzle. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of different ministry team members helps everyone know who to turn to in various situations.
  • Ask thought-provoking questions. Start each meeting with a question that reveals quite a bit about the people on your team. Use these questions: If you wrote your autobiography, what would the title be? Which historical person would you most like to meet if you could? What would you do with a whole day to yourself?
  • Have your meetings in fun and creative places. Get away from the same old environment. Bring snacks to the park or to someone's backyard. I've found a new meeting environment can often spark our creativity. l Plan for spiritual nurture. Ministry team meetings also need to be a time of spiritual growth for your team members. Some churches reserve every other meeting for renewing their team members. Do a meeting about friendship evangelism, or make prayer journals. Establish prayer partners or secret angels.
  • Pray for each other. There are many ways to help ministry team members pray for one another. One idea I've enjoyed is the Prayer Mug. Have each ministry team member bring a new coffee mug to your meeting. Write each person's name on a slip of paper and put it in his or her mug. Sit in a circle, and pass the mugs to the left, playing music as you pass the mugs. When the music stops, have each person look at the slip of paper in her new mug. In the weeks ahead, each time team members use their new mugs, they'll be reminded to pause and pray for their mug's original owner.
  • Have fun! Get together for fun and not just for meetings. Work together to create ministry team T-shirts to wear at your next event. Many ministry teams plan retreats, which can be as elaborate as a weekend away or as simple as a one-day event. Arrange a family picnic. Knowing each other's families helps us nurture each other more effectively.
  • Take risks together. Whenever I've worked on a difficult or ridiculous project with someone, I've walked away feeling much closer to that person. Working together should be fun and uplifting, not drudgery. Show the families in your church how much you enjoy serving them. One church's children's ministry team had a wacky fashion show. They spent hours laughing as they developed and created "original" fashions. It's my prayer that your children's ministry team and the families in your church will discover peace, harmony, and joy in serving our Lord and that God will use you to spread that joy to others.

Barbara Vogelgesang Kempton, Pennsylvania


Please keep in mind that phone numbers, addresses, and prices are subject to change. Originally published in November-December, 2002 in Children's Ministry Magazine.

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