Effective youth ministry can be compared to an iceberg–there is much more beneath the surface than is seen with the eye. An iceberg is a massive thing, yet only 1/10 of the total mass of an iceberg is above water. When people look at a ministry, they typically see what’s above the water line.  It’s what happens under the surface, however, that determines the health of a ministry–or to put it another way, it takes a team to build a great ministry. Early in ministry I learned that a healthy, connected team of adults is essential to building a great ministry.  That means many things, but at a minimum, it means spending the time building a sense of team. How can you tell if a team is connected of disconnected (or even a church for that matter)?  Teams that are disconnected display the following traits:
  • Interactions have a high degree of formality and politeness.
  • Disagreements are rarely raised.
  • Team meetings are quiet and interactions seem uncomfortable.
  • Attendance at meetings is inconsistent and sporadic.
The marks of a connected team?
  • Team members demonstrate a high degree of informality when interacting, able to kid around and make jokes with each other.
  • Team members feel comfortable being noisy and random.
  • Disagreements are voiced in a nondefense manner.
  • Team members like spending time with each other outside meetings.
  • Attendance is consistent because the fellowship is just too good to miss.
Oh – one more question you might ask, and it’s true for a church or ministry group:  How long do people stay around when it’s over?  The longer people stay, the healthier the culture. As I shared in last week’s blog, the most important thing you can do for your youth is minister to your adult leaders. dbministrycoach.com will be glad to come to your congregation and do a volunteer worship to help you build a more effective and connected team.  Contact us on our web site and we can discuss a weekend event.