Group Kidmin Conference Notes – Anatomy of a Team

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What is teamwork? It is crazy messy scary awesome nutty fun amazing powerful and life changing.

Paul talks about the church as a body. An interdependent structure that can only fully function when every part is doing their part.

Ephesians 4:14-16
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

A Team is much like that. It functions best when there is cohesion and interdependence.

So what does the Anatomy of a team look like?

1. In the first section we talked about starting with the why – The first thing you need is the mind of Christ. What is the why? What is the dream and the vision God has put in your heart.  – Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 2:1-11
2 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. 3 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Christ’s Humility and Exaltation
5 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,
6 who, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God
as something to be used for His own advantage.[a]
7 Instead He emptied Himself
by assuming the form of a slave,
taking on the likeness of men.
And when He had come as a man
in His external form,
8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death—
even to death on a cross.
9 For this reason God highly exalted Him
and gave Him the name
that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee will bow—
of those who are in heaven and on earth
and under the earth—
11 and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,[b]
to the glory of God the Father.

2. Skeleton of the team – you need structure once you have the mind of Christ you need the processes and the places in place to carry out the dream God has given you.

Externalize everything –
Externalize Structure – build an org chart –
Externalize Values
Externalize Expectations – Job descriptions – should have three parts – expectations, accountability and values

3. Structure without tissue is a bit scary you need muscles and tissue and skin.
This is where structure meets ministry. – determine your leadership capacity – if you have 100 kids don’t lead like you have 60 and don’t lead like you have 600 lead like you have 250.

Intentional Mentoring – You only get out what you pour in relationally
You have to move people from incompetence to competence –

Training (How to do meetings)

4. The heart of the team is you.
What is the thing that only you can do – Pump the vision and the values through the veins of your ministry.

The net result is a growing thriving team – it’s not about numbers it’s about health.

When you go home this week.
Get the mind of God for your ministry –
Be the heart that pumps the vision and values into your leadership team
Build the structure that will keep your team together.
Pour into your team – Do what only you can do.

Group Kidmin Notes: Inside the mind of your volunteers

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Many of you may have come with questions like:
What do I need to do to get more volunteers?
What are some sure fire tried and true methods for keeping volunteers for the long term?
How do I get volunteers to come to my training meetings?

We all start in the wrong place. Sunday comes every week so we need to get things done so we are consumed by what and how that we neglect the most important question that is found deep within the minds of our volunteers. Why? Why do we do what we do? We may be wondering how to get something done, they are wondering why are we doing this?

Most people start with what how then why amazing companies start with why then how than what.

Why are you doing what you are doing?
If you can’t answer that for yourself you won’t be able to communicate that to your team.

Why do you need Volunteers?

  • To release gifts
  • To grow the church
  • To Trust Christ more than yourself.

Why do they need you? – We need to not just grow our volunteers wide we must grow them deep.

  • To grow them spiritually
  • To pour into them relationally
  • To thank them incessantly

When you go home this week –
How to focus on the why.

1. Be a better story finder and story teller –

2. Repeat the good – fix the bad (bad stories are funnier and travel faster but they KILL the why)

3. Say it, write it, chant it mime it

4. Pray and seek God for your why moment – don’t make up a why

5. Talk to your pastor find out his why.

6. The why should evoke emotions, in you and in them –  we avoid emotionalism but we need emotions because emotions are the containers that hold truth in a way that it can accessed in the future.

*VIDEO – “The best Job is the hardest job” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NScs_qX2Okk

Whatever your why is. It MUST be found in the WHO and the who is Christ. Whatever you do never forget to bring what you do back to Jesus because if you leave this conference thinking you are going to try harder to be a better leader you will fail. Whatever your why is it will not be accomplished by you trying harder but by you trusting deeper.