August 15, 2022

How to develop teams around individual giftings

The more teams the better, as it helps to get more people involved. Attached team structure for review


We have found that teamwork makes the dream work...not to be clique or anything. But, it's so true. Over the course of time, we've develop about 32 teams within our church, so that we have opportunities for just about anyone. Now, I know that developing teams takes people, and you may not have a lot of people to go around. But, start with a couple and work your way to as many teams as possible. When we were working our way to this many teams, we never started a team without a person that was passionate about the opportunity. That is key. I remember when we were running out of space in one of our facilities, and we kept hearing from people that we needed parking lot attendants. We agreed, but every person that mentioned it we intentionally asked if they were interested in being a part of it. Until we got a couple of "yes" answers, we continued to hold out from starting that team. Why? We knew it was a need, but we also knew that if you start a team without a leader, it will flounder. So, don't go fast with this. Take your time and find the right leaders that want to lead each team first.

We think that the more teams you have the better your organization will be. It offers more opportunities for leaders to rise and lead others. There are particular gifts within your church or organization that thrive when they lead, if you don't have opportunities for them to lead, they will dry up. This is why "the more teams the better." We have become known as a church with tons of people that serve. At this time, our main location takes about 150 people and 32 teams to serve the weekend services. Even though that number may seem daunting, at our south location, it only takes about 50 people to serve the weekend service. It takes time to build, so don't disqualify yourself here. Let it happen organically, but intentionally have your staff continue to look for key leaders that are interested in the teams that you do not have yet.

Attached is the structure of our teams, we call them Grow Teams. I hope that it helps you see what types of teams you might be able to launch in the future to continue to develop leaders within your organization.

James Boyd

Business Owner, Consultant, Author, and Pastor

In 2011 James Boyd and his wife, Tracy, moved their family from Michigan to Naples, Florida, to take the helm of a dwindling congregation struggling under the weight of financial deficit. Armed with faith, prayer, generosity—and a good dose of proven business experience—James restructured the internal workings of the organization in accordance with sound finance and business principles.

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