Over the next two weeks we are hosting some of our termly volunteer team get togethers. My big thoughts for this set of meetings centre on vision and empowering. Over the last few months we have been trying to release leaders in our teams to feel more empowered, to be using them to their full potential. Alongside this we are going to discuss the church’s vision for Children’s & Youth work till 2011.
To do this I see three things as crucial:
Communication: Communication and vision are key in ministry. For the vision, and for change to be successful it needs to be clearly communicated. The communication needs to be clear and inspiring, the aim should excite the team. Jesus was very clear about the vision. He was always communicating with the twelve about the way ministry should work. The disciples were empowered after they spent time with Christ. They saw the vision clearly because he cast it so well. They were strong even after Jesus left because the got the message – a real challenge for me to ensure I am communicating the vision.
Listen: Listening to one another is key. As we look at change, as we evaluate the last term we need to be honest with one another, and we need to listen to one another. That can sometimes be hard, it can hurt. But the real issue is what we do with the feedback. We need to use the feedback to work on our strengths and to allow each other to support us in our weaknesses.
Join: Once we have communicated and listened we need to do it. But we don’t want to work as individuals all over the place, instead as a team, joining together. There is something very powerful that happens when a team is united on a vision and then acts it out, rolls up their sleeves and works through the vision.