Church technology has a special place in my heart because that is how I have always identified myself within the Church. I want to serve, enable other ministries to be great, and use my talents for the kingdom of God. Within my time of service, I have come to develop a large church tech community of people in my life, one of them being Phil Schneider through the Churchmag blog. Today we get to talk about what it means to be in community with other church tech people.
Thoughts On Being A Team
The concept of being a team should be more than an organizational structure. Too many times in ministries we make teams to get stuff done and miss part of the mission of the church and Christian ministry. Teams can be used to get some goal or task complete, but an effective team needs to focus on the complete person that is investing their time, energy, and skills into the tasks at hand. Instead of creating a task force, what if we created community around specific events that were used to accomplish something for your ministry? The example of a Church Tech community is to enable worship pastors, preachers, and other parts of the church to do great stuff, but as this is a community, we are now also investing in the team itself.
For community leaders, what does it mean to have support for your team? If you think about support for the team as one person, you are limiting yourself. Instead, think of support instead as a consolation for spiritual, relational, emotional, and physical. Have the prayer team at your church pray specifically for each person in your church tech community. Go out to a coffee shop without the predication of needing to teach them something or having a team meeting, instead just being relational with each other. Open every official meeting you have with them in prayer. And have fun together.
Here are some ideas for you to make your church tech team more of a community:
- Buy coffee for the team.
- Pray together as a group before each activity.
- Have a regular weekly/monthly email of fun technology articles that relate to what your church is doing.
- Go to a church tech or media conference together.
- Have the pastor publicly recognize the team.
- Have a video game night together with you supplying the food.
- Have a regular dream session of what your team could add with technology that is void of the current budget (though still reasonable)
- Intentional discipleship with each person regularly. Consider taking their whole family out to dinner once every three months with your family.