Developing Staff Team Spirit
The responsibility to develop team spirit begins with the pastor. Each staff member has an individual responsibility to do their part in building a strong esprit de corps. Team spirit cannot be manufactured by manipulating other persons, but through love, respect, servant ministry and visionary leadership. Churches need this type of team spirit to experience spiritual health and growth. The following practical and spiritual actions develop team spirit within a church staff.
- Pray for each other on a regular basis.
- Keep the lines of communication open with each other.
- Understand and follow church-approved personnel policies.
- Understand and follow the lines of supervision and communication.
- Respect each other as fellow believers and employees.
- Develop a team spirit based on church mission (“no dream, no team”).
- Confront conflict redemptively on an individual and private basis.
- Develop interpersonal skills such as initiating, diagnosing, listening, communicating, and problem-solving.
- Require continuing education of all staff members.
- Conduct regular staff meetings (weekly, semi-weekly, monthly, etc.).
- Express appreciation openly and genuinely to each other.
- Grow spiritually to develop right attitudes and motives toward others.
- Conduct ministry planning sessions involving all staff members.
- Plan staff retreats for prayer, sharing, studying, dreaming and team-building.
- Remember the TEAM principle: Together Everyone Accomplishes More.
- Have informal and social gatherings to develop staff relationships and fellowship.
- Desire and develop an atmosphere of love, trust and mutual support.
- Remember that church staffers are people, not roles or functions.