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Team Energy

Your team has an energy.

Over time, your church or organization will adopt this same energy.

What is energy? It’s a combination of intangibles like relational and organizational unity, momentum, support, morale, attitude and ultimately spirit.

Webster defines energy as: a usually positive spiritual force; vigorous exertion of power; a fundamental entity of nature that is transferred between parts of a system in the production of physical change within the system and usually regarded as the capacity for doing work; usable power.”

Energy is the real stuff of life God put in motion from the beginning.

Alright. So, what is Team Energy? It’s all the above either multiplied, subtracted or even divided by the energy of each team member.

Collectively, it’s the soul-condition of your organization.

Why does this matter? Two reasons.

#1 – Because people matter. Specifically, the health and well-being of your Lead Team matters to the Lord and should matter to you.

#2 – Because your vision matters. Your Team Energy will either be moving you collectively towards or away from fulfilling your unique vision.

For those of us trying to reach our communities with the Good News of Jesus, this is a big deal.

What does this have to do with your role as a pastor or especially as a lay-leader?

You are an Energy Manager. Wait. That’s not good enough and can often be counter-productive.

You are at your best as an Energy Multiplier.

(and so is your church!)

As an Energy Multiplier you should make it your goal to come alongside your Lead Team (fellow Pastoral Staff, Elders, Team Leaders, etc) to see that Team Energy is and remains at a high level.

This should be a shared role and goal and especially applies to the Team Energy of the Pastoral Staff.

Again, why does this matter?

Your vision is the reason and your church’s capacity to fulfill it will rise and fall with your Lead Team’s ability to model it and partner to move it forward.

And this takes ENERGY!

What are your thoughts on Team Energy? Share your take in the Reply section below.

When the “Big Deal” is done…

Unknown-4What do you and your teams do when that “Big Deal” event or ministry initiative is over? Whether it’s the craziness of Christmas or the rush of the Resurrection, a lot goes into the praying, planning, preparing and promoting of times like these. Now what? What’s next for you and your teams?

Here are 3 suggestions for when the latest “Big Deal” in your ministry or organization is done…

Follow-up. The reality is, it’s not over… yet. Whatever it was, it was about moving and motivating people. In my world, it’s about moving them towards and motivating them in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ… kind of a big deal! Ask yourself and your teams… “Who is it that we need to follow-up on and touch base with?” Follow-up on those guests that came for the first time or those extended family members that came because a relative wouldn’t take “No!” for an answer. Send that text, email, letter… maybe a “pop-by” visit to make sure they know how valuable they are to you and how much you appreciate them being with you. Face it, as a good leader, you won’t really be able to relax until you do.

Oh… and who needs an extra “Atta boy!” or show of appreciation? A lot of people had to go the extra mile with you to pull it all off. They came early, stayed late and were fine with being “behind the scenes.” Thank them! Gratitude is pure momentum and just plain nice.

Follow-through. How did it go? What went great that you can celebrate and use as an example for the future? What went good that you can improve on so that next time, it goes great? What was cringe-worthy? Where did you “drop the ball” or otherwise “swing and miss?” Gather your teams and don’t miss out on moving forward in an informed way.

“Fall-out!” Paid or volunteer, you and your recruits need a break. If you don’t, something’s gonna give and someone may just fall apart. You may not be able to take a week off, but you can be strategic about slowing things down. Jesus employs this strategy time and again throughout the Gospels after teaching the masses, working miracles or dealing with critics. He got away to the garden or mountain to get re-centered with the Heavenly Father and/or follow-up up with His team of disciples. A strategic retreat in pace and programming is just what your team needs for everyone to recharge and regain drive and creativity towards your greater vision and in preparation for the next “Big Deal!”

Finally, plan in advance for all the above. See it as part of the process, the bigger picture. The “Big Deal” was never really the point. It was a means to a greater end of making disciples and growing influence for Jesus Christ and the expanse of His kingdom. That was and will always be the “Big Deal.”