Grow the team or grow the church?
It’s a question leaders face daily.
It’s a question of focus. A leader, to be effective, needs to be able to focus on what will bring results and make an impact.
Unhealthy things do not grow. Unhealthy teams cannot grow a healthy church.
Health precedes growth.
It takes a healthy team to grow a healthy church.
I suspect the default position of most leaders, especially visionary leaders, is to focus on growing the church.
In his new book, “Leaders Eat Last” author Simon Sinek has his readers wrestle with the question.
The better the organization performs, the more fuel there is to build an even bigger, more robust organization that feeds the hearts and souls of those who work there. In return, their people give everything they’ve got to see the organization grow…and grow…and grow.
It struck me that Jesus followed a similar approach to growing and developing his disciples. He spent hours upon hours with them. He spent three years pouring Himself into them.
Jesus did not start with trained theologians. He started with a diverse collection of untrained men. Jesus did not look for religious experts or church growth strategists, rather He looked for men with potential…and He developed them.
A poor leader will always hire the most skilled because they can’t grow others. A servant leader can hire those with potential and develop them.
Jesus did not start a church, but rather built a team that would go out and give everything they had, including their lives, to start churches.
Maybe the lesson for leaders is that if you want to grow the “numbers” in other words, grow the church, then you grow the team.
A Poor leader USES others’ capabilities and talents, but Servant Leader GROWS and DEVELOPS others’ capabilities and talents.
Jesus built the team and they went and built the churches.
Jesus could have spent all his time speaking to large crowds. That was easy. He could have have grown “numbers” very easily. But instead, Jesus strategically spent much of His time growing his team.
Poor leaders usually think about what a follower has done and what they are doing now. A servant leader thinks also of who they are becoming. A servant leader thinks about people’s potential.
And it is the ability to grow one’s people to do what needs to be done that creates stable, lasting success.
Jesus is the ultimate example pouring into a team. Not only does he teach them, model for them, instruct them, and conduct debriefs of their training missions, but He goes even further.
If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever. John 14:15
Jesus provides an “advocate” to help and grow the team.
Leaders, do you have someone on your team who you have tasked with growing, developing, and equipping the team?
It is a role that is not to be overlooked. The reality is that team will often not take the time to develop themselves because of the demands of their daily responsibilities.
I suspect, if we would focus as much on team growth as we do on church growth we would get sustained growth and health…because the team would deliver it.
Health precedes growth.
Grow your team…and your team will grow your church.
In what ways are you taking the lead in growing your team?
Is there someone on your staff who is responsible for growing and developing your team to be equipped to
Are you equipping your team daily to achieve your vision? If not, how might you start?
If your team is pouring themselves into the vision and mission, if you team is pouring themselves into ministering to the people…who is pouring into them?