If you grew up playing sports you’re probably familiar with the old adage, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” However, if you’ve ever tried to actually assemble, lead, manage, and develop a team, you might find yourself thinking (or saying) things like, “Teamwork makes the dream hurt, “ or possibly “Teamwork makes...more work.”
There are few places where the work of team-based ministry can be more acutely painful than the first several years of a new church plant. In our dreams, these embryonic years are full of collaborative vision, shared memories, robust friendship, and kingdom mission. In our lived experience, the first season of attempted team ministry can be full of competing visions, shattered dreams, broken friendship, and mission frustration.
The New Testament shows us both the redemptive potential and yet the painful realities of developing teams in the ministry of the Apostle Paul. We see no less than 100 people listed as co-conspirators in the gospel movement that swept through the urban centers of the Roman Empire, and in several cities like
During my breakout at The Soul of
- How can you redeem team church planting?
- How do you raise up elders from scratch?
- What kinds of expectations should you be communicating on the front end of church planting with your team?
We’ll address these questions and more in our time together. If you’re a church planter, coach, or even a supporting church pastor, I hope you’ll join me as we look at these issues through the lens of a hopeful realism.