1. Focus on your own spiritual life.
There’s a reason why this is the first point. It’s impossible to fill anything with something that is empty. We must make sure that we’re constantly spending time developing and growing our own relationship with Christ so we’re able to pour into others. In Carey Nieuwhof’s Leading through Change Without Losing It, he talks about five ways to avoid quitting. The first way is to develop a spiritual life that has little to do with work. Working in ministry can grow us closer to God, but we should be pressing into God more in our own personal lives—He should be God of everything we do, not just when we’re at work.
2. Make the most of every meeting.
Urban Dictionary defines the word "meeting" as, “where minutes are taken and hours are lost.” The word “meeting” often has an extremely negative connotation, for reasons just about everyone is aware of. Plan meetings ahead of time to make the most of every minute. Start and end on time. When planning the meeting, put yourself in their shoes. Lead with the thought of, “If I were attending this meeting, would I leave feeling glad I came, or thinking that it was a waste of time?” When possible, use this time to build and grow the team together.
3. Prioritize discipleship.
Matthew 28:19 tells us to, “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Discipleship is SO important! Make sure that your team is valuing people outside the four walls of your church just as much, if not more than those already inside the church. Let your team know how important it is to be living honorably and to have people they can be pouring into, and teaching them to pour into others.
4. Check in with them weekly.
A big reason most people join a team is because they want to have a sense of community and build relationships within the church. Know what’s going on in their life. Check in and find out if there’s anything they need prayer for or anything to be celebrated. Send birthday cards; sympathize with them when they’re going through heartache. Let them know that they are not alone and they have a team supporting them.
5. Say thank you. Often.
Make sure your team knows how grateful you are for them and all that they do! Send thank you cards, thank you texts, gift cards, or little gifts to let them know that they are appreciated. Not everyone will feel appreciated in the same way; for your team members who go above and beyond, learn their love language, and thank them accordingly.
6. Make time for FUN!
Everyone loves to have fun! Have get togethers 1-4 times throughout the year that are purely to have a good time! If Jesus made fun a priority when through His leadership, so should we!
Finally, be sure to have open ears—listen to the feedback to your team and be open to changes that will improve the culture. When these things are taking place, and Jesus is at the center of everything you do, a healthy team culture will surely be established!
Sarah Bolduc serves as the NLC Kids Director at Next Level Church. Sarah graduated from Valley Forge Christian College with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Each week, she prepares the curriculum for NLC Kids and equips the kids team leads from all 7 locations so that they can raise up a generation of world-changers in NLC Kids. Sarah and her husband, Mike, live in Biddeford, Maine.