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How To Build Community And Unite The Team

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1. Use a slogan or phrase

Saddleback’s, “More than music, we’re a family”.  People remember Slogans and will apply what they remember.

2. Notice the individual-Build a Family

-Every event or interaction needs to be “family building”.
-Staff and leaders need to be early to meetings, rehearsals, etc. to greet, encourage, and pray with the volunteers.
-Must be relational before transactional.
-Use phone calls, texts, notes, and visits to interact with volunteers, not Planning Center.
-Volunteers come first!
-Demonstrate your faith in front of the team… be a good example for them to follow
-Recruit Weekly- Use Auditions to Build Community
-Audition for 3 Commitments, Time, Spiritual and Talent… Make it an event and Encouraging.
Biblical Community is inclusive.  Not just for the most talented, our favorites or just for the Creative Arts Volunteers…
Include the team members family into the ministry family, their spouses, kids, jobs, etc
-Visit them in their homes, hospital, their concerts, games etc.
-Be available in times of need (delegate care)
Our staff team/leaders should be the first responders in crisis

3. Involve the team
Delegate- Old Testament Model
EXODUS 18:13-26

THE PROBLEM:  Moses was doing all the work by himself and was burning out.  (Vs. 17-18)

THE SOLUTION: They divided the ministry to God’s people into
Smaller groups (vs. 21-22)

THE STRATEGY:  Moses appointed
  Leaders of 10      Leaders of 100
  Leaders of 50     Leaders of 1000

THE RESULT:  Moses was relieved and everyone had his needs satisfied (vs. 23)

Delegate planning frequent gatherings as a whole team once quarterly.
Can include training, party, food, fun get together, on or off site
Doesn’t have to cost $$.
Communicate clearly to leaders

4. Take Time To Pray and Teach The Bible
Include prayer and bible study in every rehearsal.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16)
“Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17).
“He who sings prays twice” St. Augustine
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; Col 4:2
5 I am the vine, you are the branches. The one who abides in me while I abide in him produces much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

5.  Enjoy The Journey– Have Fun!
Celebrate milestones, births, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, promotions, healing, hard work and all the good stuff.
Share stories of how God is working.
Get excited about what God is doing and how He is using the team.
Include the Family of team members in the community.
Visit team members in their homes, hospital, outside of the church walls… nature, recreation, sports and entertainment!
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4

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