What You Can (and Can’t) Do to Help Your Team Members Grow, Part 2

Jason Hatley

Last week we started this discussion on what we can and can’t do to help our team members grow. After all, there are things we can (and MUST) do as the pastors and leaders in this area, but there are also some things that simply CANNOT do for our team members. . . things they have to do for themselves in order to grow spiritually and in their ministry roles.

Today I want to focus on one of the things WE MUST do. Something I consider to be the primary growth factor of your worship team . . . YOU! That’s right – the growth and health of your team and my team is largely dependent on how you and I are growing as leaders.

John Maxwell called this the Law of the Lid saying, “Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid of his or her potential. The higher the leadership, the greater the effectiveness.”

We are effective in leading and growing our teams to the extent that we are leading and growing ourselves. I’ve seen this law applied to everyone of the 150+ worship leaders I’ve coached over the last 5 years . . . and to myself too!

As a young worship leader 10 years ago, I didn’t have the skills that I needed to build teams, plan worship services, even manage a task list. There were a lot of books I needed to read, seminars I needed to attend, worship leaders I need to meet and get coached by.

It was work, but it was worth it! I bet you have a similar experience.

I call this the Personal Challenge. The Personal Challenge is the first and most important challenge that you face in ministry. It is the challenge of becoming the leader that God has called you to be.
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What You Can (and Can’t) Do to Help Your Team Members Grow

Jason HatleyAfter last week’s post on How to Make Ministry Personal, I received a note from one of my Coaching Alumni and friends in ministry. He said that the post had been really helpful for him in considering how he was leading his team, and it launched us into a conversation about just what we are able (and not able) to do to help our team members grow.

I think this is a HUGE conversation for worship pastors because the truth is many of us live with a load of guilt that we are somehow not doing the best we can to help our team members grow in their faith and connection to the church.

There’s always more that we could do I’m sure, but honestly there are some things that we simply CANNOT.

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Ministry is Personal!

“When is the last time you had a physical?” I asked myself that question as I was setting my goals for 2011 and I didn’t Jason Hatleylike the answer. So I decided to get a physical earlier this year. And not just the basics . . . the works!

Among a litany of tests I received, by far the most important was the EKG. As you know an EKG measures the health of your heart.

An EKG is important because regardless of how well you do on all of your other physical exams, if your heart fails . . . well, the rest of your body will, too.

That principle is true in life . . . and ministry!

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3 Powerful (and Easy) Reading Goals for this Summer

Jason Hatley

I admit it. I have not always had a love of reading. But it didn’t take long as a young Worship Pastor at The Journey for me to recognize my need to read in order to survive in ministry, much less lead a thriving worship team.

I first started in ministry at age 23. I was fresh out of college. I had been a worship leader, but I had never been a Worship Pastor in the church before. I could stand onstage and lead worship, but I couldn’t write a task list, build teams, lead people . . . you get the picture.

It was at that point – aware of my personal and ministry shortcomings, and certain that I needed to make a change – that I developed a love for reading.

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