“I can’t get my team to come to meetings, so I just don’t schedule them.” ”I wish my team were more committed.” ”I want to raise the level of my team, but I am afraid of losing good people.”
I hear statements like these from Kidmin Leaders all the time. They want to take their team to the next level of commitment so they can accomplish more for the Kingdom, but they are afraid that if they expect more, they will lose people off of their team. And, they are probably right.
Anytime we raise the standard and expect more of those serving in ministry, there are those who decide they just can’t make the commitment. They may quit. Although that is hard to deal with and NEVER something you want to see, I have always observed that it ends up being a healthy thing for the rest of team.
Keep in mind that your team wants to succeed as individuals as well as collectively. A weak link will demoralize the collective culture and allow for rapid deterioration within the spirit of the team. That is not good for the team or the ministry.
People want to be a part of something BIG, something exciting, something that is making a difference. Challenge your team to be committed to growth and excellence. Some will self-eject, but those who stay and answer the call will be more committed, more empowered, and more effective.
Still skeptical? Jesus was the Master at raising the bar. He was constantly calling His followers to a higher level of commitment. He went from “Follow me” to “You have heard it said…well I say…” all the way to “Deny yourself and take up your cross…” He NEVER let His followers off easy. Not because he wanted to make it difficult for them, but because He knew what was at stake – souls in Eternity. He knew that half-hearted commitments would never get the job done.
“The Status Quo never inspired ANYONE!”
The Status Quo never inspired anyone! Resist the desire to “make it easy” on your team. Expect the best from them, and then watch them deliver! You’ll be glad you did!