Part 2 of 10 in Getting Your Engines Ready! Knowing You’re Ready To Launch Your New Start: LAUNCHING A NEW MINISTRY IS A TEAM EFFORT.
Launching a new ministry is not a lone ranger endeavor. It is one in which utilizes the full gifts found in the body of Christ.
Sometimes it seems easier just to do things on our own, right? Going at a new ministry alone can be a lot less messy than when you involve others. Involving others may contribute to a slower start. A team requires a lot of patience. Yet…starting a new ministry alone is also a whole lot more work. A lot more unnecessary work. And is contrary to the way God has equipped us as the body of Christ.
As Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7 ESV) This is team ministry. This is the body of Christ at work for Jesus’ mission.
Going back to the Old Testament, Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, shared some great advice with Moses after seeing Moses serving as the sole person of a ministry (hearing people’s disputes from morning until evening). Jethro exclaimed to Moses, “What you are doing is not good. You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.” (Exodus 18:17-18 ESV)
Do you hear the Spirit whispering (or SHOUTING!) that in your ear as you consider the start of your new ministry?
Jethro went on to say, “look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy…So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.” (Exodus 18:21-23 ESV)
Wisely, Moses listened to Jethro’s advice.
Take some time to process the following. For your new ministry who could fill the role of...
- Team members – Team members whom Bill Woolsey describes in Seven Steps to Start, as “those who bring knowledge you don’t have, experience you lack, and wisdom that might be missing from your view.”
- Community members - experts who live in the community, business leaders, church experts, your pastor, your teacher/professor, etc.
- Coach - Someone who would know how to maximize your leadership gifts. Maybe this could even be a former coach of yours, from a sport you played - someone who knows your strengths and areas of growth. FiveTwo has coaches you can utilize as well.
- Boss - An individual or a board to be accountable to for your mission and ministry goals.
- Friend - A person who can love you through the whole process of launching—in the wins and failures.
God built us for community and for life. God built us to go together in our new starts to reach more for Christ as well. God’s blessings as you build your team!
(Click here for Part 1 - YOUR PASSIONS AND VALUES ARE CLEARLY DEFINED.)