Playing for a Championship Team - Part One
Have you experienced that one volunteer? That one in your ministry group who seems to always be out of alignment with the team? As the leader, you’ve tried everything to encourage cohesion between him and the rest of the members, but no tactic you try seems to solve the issue.
I remember a servant on our team who seemed to cause frustration in every ministry he chose. A nice guy, but ultimately frustrating to the leader. We’ll call him George.
George ‘felt he had a calling’ and was eager to participate. Every week, though, he became the topic of discussion among the pastors. I remember hearing from one member of our team…
- I let him lead a group, but I won’t let him speak at an event. I found out last week he spoke at another church.
- He helps me out on Sundays but spends his time volunteering at other churches during the week.
- I don’t feel like I can depend on him because I never know where he’s at or where he’s going. Is it wrong to be frustrated he is serving at other churches?
That’s when it dawned on me. George is a ‘pick-up ballplayer’ wanting to play on a ‘championship team.’ Pick-up ball is a term used for community basketball games.
- Anyone who likes to play for sport shows up at the neighborhood court with their basketball and waits for enough players to form two teams.
- The games last until one team reaches 21 and when everyone has had enough, they all go home, satisfied with getting in a good workout.
- Pick-up games are meant to play with whomever, whenever.
The commitment is to the game, not the team.
However, the formation of a championship team is approached quite differently. To play for the NBA, a major commitment is mandatory before one even steps on the court.
- Hours of practice have been logged consistently before ever putting on a team jersey.
- Players who earn a spot on a championship team have a heart and vision for the team.
- It’s a commitment to a specific group of people all playing for a common goal of achieving victory together.
Most people want to be part of a championship team, but few know how or what that entails. To lead that type of ministry experience, the leader has to answer three important questions.
- Do you want your team to play pick-up ball or strive for the championship?
- Do you believe the members of your team have what it takes for the championship?
- Are you accommodating pick-up players at the risk of losing championship teammates?
In Part II of this blog, we’ll look at the answers to these important questions.
James Sunnock, Lead Pastor, Victory Life Church, Battle Creek, MI