by Dr. Tom Wood
President of CMM
Team ministry has been written about a lot. Whether in the business community, medical community, start-up companies, large corporations, military or education, teams are the way to go. But it has not always been so in the church. Today, more and more churches see the value of forming ministry teams who work together toward a common outcome. Search for “Team Ministry books” at Amazon.com and you will find over 300 titles. You can find practical help for doing ministry as a team or working with teams in the church through a variety of sources.
Since many of you have been raised in an educational system that thrives on learning groups or work groups, from elementary education on up, you might have experienced a close relative of teams. Work groups are similar, but not the same as teams. You most likely have been part of a small group that studies together. Again, it is similar but not the same.
Most of what is in the marketplace about team ministry is utilitarian in nature. It is as if the whole purpose of team ministry is to get some job done in the best, most efficient way.
The Bible makes it clear that teams did not originate with a business guru, but first in the Trinity. God himself exists and functions as a team (Gen. 1:26). He is The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. God is love because God is a Trinity (team). The Triune God worked together in Creation and it is the Triune God (team) that worked in bringing salvation and renewal. God is generous, creative, serving, and saving because He is a Trinity. We were created to exist and function as a team (Gen. 1:27, 28). Your marriage and kids are a team.
We also discover that teams are the basic building blocks for the church (Mk. 3:14; Acts 1:15,26). Teams bring together a diversity of gifts and are the best place for disciple-making. In the local church, team members should be committed to one another’s relational, personal, missional, and spiritual growth and health. They must see themselves as mutually responsible and accountable for one another.
Teams have the potential to be one of the most powerful drivers of planting and growing a healthy reproducing church. However, teams simply don’t just happen. They take time to mature. They require proper leadership.
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by Robin Vaughn
Women's Coaching Catalyst at CMM
“As the wife of a church planting pastor, I seldom get the chance to pour out the less-than-pretty places in my life with a sense of safety and belonging. Having someone who’s neither directly affected by nor dependent on your own well-being is a rare gift for the heart in ministry.” Kassie
We see ladies leading everywhere: in their workplaces, their churches, their communities, and most importantly, seeking to manage their families and homes. I often find myself amazed as I witness unselfish sisters around me lending their strength in a way that defies comprehension. We women play such a powerful role in the lives of our spouses, our children, and the people we lead.
As women shepherd so many around them, one question arises: Who is shepherding them?
Where do they find admonishment, comfort, truth-telling, and help in moving from one stage of life to the next?
Women need Gospel Coaching.
A Gospel Coach serves as a discipler, spiritual mentor, and coach in a unique type of friendship. These coaches recognize the abilities and gifts God has given female leaders and encourage their development.
Ephesians 2:10 says:
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.“ (ESV)
God has prepared the good works we will walk in, and coaching can be an integral piece of the process by imparting skills and encouragement. This helps the leader walk out those good works and fulfill her role in ministry, life, and work.
The fruit of Gospel Coaching is not only for the female leader, but can also benefit her family, her church, and others in her sphere of influence.
Women today are bombarded with ideas derived from humanistic marketing that claim “self help” solutions are the answer.
Gospel Coaching guides us as women to uncover the idols of our hearts that propel us toward false hopes. The gospel teaches that the problem is inside our hearts and minds, and the answer is not in our own efforts, but in Christ alone. Jesus has already done it all on the cross, and He is the ultimate solution to every problem we face.
Remember, you don’t have to face the challenges in ministry alone. We believe every leader needs coaching that involves intentional Gospel conversations with focused discussions about one another’s relational, personal, missional, and spiritual life. We suggest getting a C.R.O.S.S. Gospel Coach to help walk with you through the challenges you’ve never faced before. A Gospel Coach will help encourage and equip you every step along the way.
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Dr. Tom Wood
I've been in the Church Planting business my entire career. I want you to know, you don't have to plant a church alone!