Being a leader can be an enormous challenge and a huge privilege all at once. One of the biggest blessings you have as a leader/ parent/ teacher is getting to watch those you lead grow. There is so much joy to be found as you get to watch them discover their talents, their passions and pursue their dreams. Below is an encouraging word for ministry leaders, pastors and volunteer leaders on how we can apply this simple scripture to help improve your team!
Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations. When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field. You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants. (Prov 27:23-Prov 27:27 NIV )
A Few Things we can learn:
- God’s greatest treasure he’s given us in the ministry we work in is not the donors, the assets or the events. The greatest treasure are the people He’s entrusted us with. Think of your team this morning and allow God to show you how they are treasure that He’s entrusted you with. Take a few minutes to pray over them. Prayer is a powerful way to help improve your team!
- Take an honest assessment of your “flock”. Who’s on your team and how are they really doing? Do you sense any conflict, strife or dissension? Are people dealing with secret sin and things that they need help and encouragement from you to help find freedom? An honest assessment is another way to help improve your team.
- How can you add value to your team today? How can you add value to them this week? Realize that the more you tend to them, care for them and strengthen them the stronger you will be in the end. I love the last verse. Take care of those you lead, then in return you end up being blessed by actually receiving great things from them as well.
That leads to the final question I want to challenge you with…
- What can you receive/ learn from your team today? One of the greatest ways to help improve your team is to be a humble leader that is always learning from those you lead!
Having an amazing team, family or ministry is not an overnight process. It takes time and consistent effort on the part of the leader. If you want to help improve your team the best place to start is in the Word of God. I believe that God is continuing to make us better leaders and for our teams to go to the next level so that we can have greater Kingdom impact!
– Andrew Chalmers
Founder and Director, Take the City