You’ll be taking a peek into a talk that I gave our Worship Leaders and Producers at all of our locations. We focus on one of our staff core values; “Better Over Bigger”. I believe this change in mindset will completely alter the course of your ministry, your team, and your church.
The topic of “BETTER OVER BIGGER”. A core value of our staff, and a tension that we’re always working to manage. This is how it breaks down; “we believe that better always leads to bigger, therefore we will focus less on the numbers themselves and more on constantly getting better. Great just isn’t good enough. When we get better consistently, getting bigger will always follow naturally."
How does this translate to our teams? What are we doing to instill BETTER on our teams?
Growth is always happening, but only we can set the direction of where we’re growing. Now this is a difficult question to answer. What is your team growing in? Are we growing in apathy on the weekends or are we growing in an attitude of worship, excitement, and celebration? Are we growing a clique or are we growing a family? Are we growing in laziness or are we growing in preparedness? The question is not “are we growing?”, but instead, “what are we growing in?”
We should always be focusing on bettering ourselves, on creating a better atmosphere for our volunteers and our auditoriums, and building leaders.
So let’s take a moment and break down some practical ways that we can be focusing on BETTER during this season.
The first is this: CREATE A FAMILY ATMOSPHERE, NOT A CLIQUE
One of the biggest detractors from people joining our teams is the atmosphere and mindset we’ve established. What do the interactions look like on the weekend? Do we have a family atmosphere? Are people building relationships, praying for each other, and doing life with one another? If not, this is the first step to becoming BETTER.
We can’t focus on the needs we have on our team, if we’re not creating a vibrant and life-giving environment that they will be walking into. Think about it this way; the AC unit in your house is completely shot. The heat has caused everyone in the house to be on edge, argumentative, and temperamental. You know this is the case, but you invite someone to come have dinner at your house anyways. What are they walking into? Better yet, would they want to come back?
What kind of environment are you building on your team? If you feel like it’s not in a great place, put together a gameplan with your pastor or some key members on your team to develop a way to build better relationships with the people involved. Do some exercises in your meetings and practices to build team camaraderie. A life-giving environment is not easy to build, but it’s super easy to lose. Always be pushing to create a great environment, because GREAT PEOPLE WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN GREAT THINGS. Get your AC working, and then when they come and join you for dinner, they’ll be looking forward to the next time.
The second way to be working on “better over bigger” is this: ALWAYS BE BUILDING A NUMBER 2
This calling we have to lead people into the presence of God isn’t done alone. We can’t accomplish all that God wants us to do by pushing by ourselves. Your team won’t get where you want them to be if you’re the only one with ownership on the team. We have to always be building a number 2 on our team.
Who do you have that you’re developing? Who has the passion and talent that is stuck to your hip on the weekends? We have to always be building leaders, and that happens 1 by 1. We have people who are called and equipped at each of churches, but are we pinpointing them and giving them the room to grow and learn? Are we giving them the resources and ownership they need to chase the call of God on their life? This is imperative in the drive of becoming BETTER.
If you don’t have a number 2 at your location, start to pray that God would push those around you to step up. That He would constantly be working in their hearts to grow as a follower of Jesus, and to be the hands and feet in the local church. But don’t expect God to drop them in your lap (you never know, sometimes it happens), but we need to be diligent in finding and equipping those around us. Everyone has a next step. Your job as a leader is to help identify the people on your team’s next step.
These are just a couple of practical ways to be pushing your teams. Create an environment that people want to be a part of, and always be building a number 2. As this value states, BETTER always leads to BIGGER. We have teams and ministries that are life-giving, and we get to see and experience life-change every single weekend; let’s act on that, and let’s be the best US that we can be.
Clint Ledford serves as the Creative Director at Next Level Church, where he oversees the Central Creative Team including Production, Worship, Social Media, Filmmaking, Songwriting, and Broadcasting. Clint has a passion for the Creative Arts and how they can impact the Church, and is continually amazed by what God is doing through NLC. Clint and his wife Bryce live in Dover, NH.