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Paul worked alongside Priscilla and Aquila making tents, and he also served alongside of them planting churches all throughout the known world. In the New Testament, we see church planting teams doing the work together. Somewhere along the way, we believed the idea that we can do ministry solo. Solo ministry is not God’s ideal for healthy kingdom growth. Sometimes solo ministry is necessary, but it’s never ideal.
Here are five reasons why team ministry is better than solo ministry every day.
1. Divides Up the Work
Team ministry divides up the work among each individual in the team. The business still needs to be operated and managed in order to bring in profit. Church planting is also incredibly taxing on time constraints. Team based ministry allows for you to be in two places at once. The work can be divided up, and more can be accomplished.
2. Creates Momentum
Team ministry creates a certain momentum that is hard to stop. Momentum leads to movement, and when movement happens, communities are transformed. Momentum can be achieved in solo ministry, but it’s much more difficult. There’s something special about multiple people involved in a project that creates synergy. Momentum also helps roll over barriers and challenges with greater ease. In solo ministry, barriers may seem impassable, but when multiple people are working together, the barrier seems more easily overcome.
3. Facilitates Strength Based Leadership
The truth is that we are not good at everything. We buy into the expert guru myth that we can do everything, but the truth is we can’t. That type of model isn’t helpful for the kingdom because it puts unnecessary pressure on one or two people when the burden is meant to be shared with the team. We are all proficient in different areas of ministry. Strength based leadership allows us to stay in our lanes and do what we were wired to do. Vice versa, the strengths of our team shine through, and we do more together.
4. Creates Collaboration
Echo chambers are dangerous things. They happen when one person has no real feedback to tell them when ideas are good or bad. We typically think we have incredible ideas until reality hits and we find out our ideas weren’t as good as we thought. Collaborative environments, built on trust and honesty, can come up with better ideas and challenge bad ones.
5. Prevents Burnout
Over time, ministry burns people out. We can’t help it. It’s the nature of human beings. However, we don’t have to walk through burnout. Team based ministry can provide reprieve and healthy processing through life’s difficult moments. When one team member struggles with family health or physical health, the entire team can come around the individual. This creates a more healthy environment for longevity in ministry.
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