Last week I wrote on this idea that what if the team we want or need does not exist. You can check out that post here.
Last week I challenged you to not get frustrated when the team you think you need does not exist yet, and instead of getting mad or quitting, I challenged you to instead help build that team. Do the hard work of team development. This is hard work, and there is not always a clear process to this incredible work. Today, I want to start a conversation about some possible ideas of where to start.
A few years back I realized my desperate need to really lead through a team. As I started to process this need and realize that I needed to think beyond myself in my organization, I had a bunch of conversations with other leaders. One of the most impactful conversations is one of the most simple ones. I was walking my dog and having a phone conversation with my brother, Aron. Aron is the big brother that everyone wishes they had, and I got lucky enough to have him. He has poured into my life, challenged me, and is ultimately the one that lead me to know Jesus. He also helped me fall in love with the church. He is also a top notch leader with a wealth of business knowledge and experience. As I was sharing with him my need to learn how to develop teams, he asked a few questions, made a few recommendations, and I don't remember word for word the conversation but I remember walking away with one of the most simple but profound tasks I could have come up with.
What is each position on the team?
In football, basketball, baseball, and lots of other sports the team players have roles. Those roles are defined, rules are given about each role, and each other teammate knows the other persons position. I know this from sports experience, and most of us do. I know that around draft time, each team asses what they need before they look at who they need. Do they need a quarterback, a wide receiver, a running back, an offensive lineman, or a linebacker? I wanted to build a team, but I hadn't even thought to clarify in my own mind what positions on the team I needed. I hadn't thought to define the roles of each team player I wanted to have.
The next few weeks I sat back and started to make a list of an ideal team for me in my youth ministry. I started with the vision of how I wanted to do youth ministry if we had an abundance of amazing leaders. I started by writing out every role a leader would do, and what their responsibilities would be. I didn't have those leaders for each role yet, but I had a position to fill and a place to begin to build my team. For me some of the roles were: music director, hospitality leader, check-in leader, lobby hosts, greeters, small group coordinator, small group leaders, and more.
What would your ideal team look like? I want to challenge you to start thinking of the ideal youth ministry or ideal team for your context and write down the roles (positions) you would want on your team. I'll share next steps in Part 3 of this series!