Team Leadership in Ministry Settings

When you are looking to run a ministry of any sort and you want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of it that you can, you want to make sure that you are putting together a team of leaders that really work toward unity and helping others in the long run. Whether you’re dealing with a Christian womens ministry or a youth ministry, there are some things that you need to keep in mind when you’re working with the team and what they can do for the ministry.

Team leadership is something that is supported throughout the whole of Scripture. Many of the great things done in Scripture were done by a team of some sort. The image of God is the Scriptural basis for team leadership. However, human nature and the fall have made team leadership difficult. Varying personalities can also have an effect on teams. Because people are created in the image of God, we should also work in teams in order to accomplish God’s purposes on this earth. In this, we are reflecting the teamwork of the Trinity in our churches and in our decision making processes.

Team leadership does not come without its own issues; many times, we struggle with our relationships with one another. Team leadership is made especially difficult by these issues because of the fact that they can thwart the purposes of God that the team may be working toward. Pride in leadership, jealousy toward those who are leading the team, and backstabbing other members can be detrimental, not only to the ministry that the team leads, but the whole church that the team is a part of. Promise breaking, deception, and selfishness can result in some unethical practices that break trust between members of the Body of Christ.