Eight Relationships That Matter in Ministry Part 5

# 5- Know you team
It doesn’t matter if your staff is paid or not. I had a staff long before I had employees. Jesus spent a lot of time with the level of ministry directly under Him, while He was on the earth. You should too! Start with your structure If you’ve read my book Stretch then you know the difference between a Growth and/or Maintenance structure. Put your ministry on paper.  Look for where ministry is happening alone. Identify not only the positions where you could use a worker but also identify the gifts and skills required for each position. A great question to ask yourself is… Do you have the right people in the right place? Every person on your team needs to know two things 1. What you want them to do. 2. How you want them to do it. It’s your job to train and teach them these skills. Another great question I’d love to ask you is this… Do you have a plan to enlarge their abilities? If not you should. After you get through reading Stretch make sure you read volunteers That Stick. Remember all your time with your team can’t be spent in meetings. People can’t catch your heart and vision without an investment of time.

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Jim Wideman
Jim Wideman is an internationally recognized voice in children’s and family ministry. He is a much sought after speaker, teacher, author, personal leadership coach, and ministry consultant who has over 30 years experience in helping churches thrive. Jim created the Children’s Ministers Leadership Club in 1995 that is known today as "theClub" which has touched thousands of ministry leaders each month. Jim believes his marching orders are to spend the rest of his life taking what he has learn about leadership and ministry and pour it into the next generation of children’s, youth, and family ministry leaders.