The more equipped your team is to ask and answer questions, the better off the ministry will be.
But do you know the most important question for your team?
That’s the question… Why?
Your team needs to know the “why” around what they are doing.
The “what” and the “how” are also important, but those will come naturally as a team serves, grows, and works out their ministry together. The “what” we’re doing and the “how” we’re doing it will be determined by “why” we are doing it in the first place. The what and the how may even need to change (and churches might need to hear this on a more regular basis) but the why may never change (or may rarely change).
Here is why knowing “why” is important for any team:
- The why gives us the purpose of meeting and working together.
- The why keeps us going when things get tough.
- The why helps people grow in ownership.
- The why helps give a framework for the structure of our team.
- The why helps us answer questions about what we should be doing.
- The why motivates.
- The why increases dreams and resources.
- The why makes it easy to share what we are about.
Make sure your team knows why you are serving together. Make sure your team knows why they are working in this ministry. It’s a great discussion for your next meeting. It will be a reminder and a motivator. It’s a question every team member needs to know how to answer.
Practical tip: When people ask you what your ministry is about, don’t answer with “what” you do, answer “why” you do something. Then, as the conversation grows, you can get in to what you do and how you do it.
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