6. “I’ve got your back!” A team player is someone who is willing to confront those who take verbal shots at the primary leader (the person in charge). I know students and other adults will occasionally talk negatively behind my back. But a committed volunteer, someone who is a team player, won’t listen to that verbal abuse. They’ll confront the person or they’ll walk away if they need to. You want to be a team leader? Support your leader.
7. Regular affirmation. Whether the primary leader hits a home run or strikes out, they need affirmation (especially when they’ve struggled). When you affirm others on your team, you’re a valuable team player.
8. Take initiative. Teamwork is about taking ownership and jumping in when needs arise. Don’t wait to be asked in order to serve. Any volunteer who takes initiative on my team is a blessed leader in our ministry.
9. Learn some new skills. Become a student. A team player will seek to learn and develop new skills that will make them more valuable and the team stronger.
10. Don’t compare yourself to other volunteers. You don’t have to be like others on your team. That’s one of the keys of a good team—variety. God loves variety, and he uses variety in His body to do great things. Allow God to strengthen the person He’s created you to be and don’t worry about being like someone else.
The Message paraphrase says, “A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. A body is all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together.” (1 Corinthians 12)
Teamwork isn’t easy. It’s not easy on the sport’s field, and it’s not easy in the church. It takes work on everyone’s part to create a healthy youth ministry. God will get the glory for the living example of love your youth ministry team becomes.
Question: what’s missing from this list of 10 actions of a team-player? What do you want your team to express as part of your team. Share your thoughts here.
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