Are the boards, committees, or ministry teams at your church lifeless, organizational entities rather than life-giving organisms? – Then they need focus. Do they get so consumed in the task at hand or their sphere of ministry that they fail to see the big picture? – Then they need focus. Does what happens in meetings seem to be a mechanical spinning of wheels without much of anything getting done? – Then they need focus.
What Do Boards, Committees, and Ministry Teams Need to Focus On? . . .
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Previously we established that boards, committees, and ministry teams need to focus on ministry, specifically that of making disciples, as commanded in the Great Commission. To help boards, committees, and ministry teams keep that kind of focus, they need be be held accountable, an accountability that goes beyond the expectations of the pastor or other church leaders. . . .
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Jesus, in the short time He lived on earth accomplished more eternal good than all church boards, committees, or ministry teams combined ever will in their entire life spans. Being the Almighty, All-Wise God in the flesh (Jn. 1:1) certainly contributed into that reality but it also undoubtedly resulted from how purposeful He was. He knew . . .
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In bringing together a group of people to serve alongside of Him as His disciples, Jesus had to know there would be conflicts along the way. His group would not be unlike other groups. Some would want to be recognized over others, some would want to be in control, and some would get hurt by the words or actions of the more choleric members of the group. We can learn some lessons for Church boards, committees, or ministry teams from Jesus’ leadership. . . .
Continue reading Christ-like Boards, Committees, Ministry Teams: Servant-Oriented
While on earth Jesus built a team of disciples to be with Him and work in cooperation with Him. After ascending to heaven, Jesus established the biggest team ever … His Church. Two groups, the Jews and Gentiles, were brought together as one to represent Him to the world. If we want to aim for Christ-like character in our churches, then we need to learn to function interdependently as a team, as members of one another. If we aren’t exhibiting this team-mentality within our small organizational groups such as boards or committees, can we really expect to see it church-wide? . . .
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By their very nature, boards, committees, or ministry teams are about a group of people coming together to work on a common goal. As already noted in a previous post, because these groups are made up of fallen human beings, the potential for disagreement, political maneuvering, and disunity exists. If our focus remains on self, or even on the horizontal plain (with one another), personal agendas and ungodly conflict will mark our boards, committees, or ministry teams. The answer? We need . . .
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