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Who Are We?

My son recently started a campus ministry internship and was asking about where to start with his leadership team. I told him what my campus minister told me. Start with “Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we? Where do we want to go? How are we going to get there? That advice has served me well for over 30 years, I think it’s still timely and effective.

For the group that is short-lived or meeting occasionally, answering that first question is often about making basic introductions. But for a new organization, or a team that will be serving together for the long haul, it can and should be about finding commonalities and intersections (some that require caution) that shape how you function together as a team. 

Some key questions that lead to answering the big question include:
  • How did we get here?
  • What are our gifts?
  • What are our personalities? (MBTI or other instruments are helpful)
  • What are our individual values?
  • What values do we share?
  • Which of those values are so central to our identity that their absence would change us?
  • What behaviors demonstrate those values?
Asking your ministry team “Who are we?” can help create a shared identity and culture that changes the way you do ministry together. Doing this kind of work requires prayerful reflection, time away from the office, and usually an outside facilitator, so that everyone can focus and participate. It’s good to formalize your discoveries in a team covenant. But before you get to that, or any other outcome, you may find that the process has created a stronger sense of trust and community, critical building blocks to the next step; asking “Why Are We Here?”

These thoughts above are from Dr. Paul Raybon, our partner in ministry for Western North Carolina. He is an associate pastor near Asheville and has ministered in Christian education, pastoral care and campus ministry for more than 25 years.
If you want to know more, he or someone else from the Barnabas Partnership can help you discover the answers to this and other critical questions that make effective ministry happen. Contact us today! 

Creating Connections!

We had a good response from our recent exhibit in Raleigh, North Carolina. If you would like to host a training event that we can provide for your church and those around you, contact us. We can give you more information and help you make a difference in not only your church but those congregations nearby! 

May the Power of the Resurrection
Transform Your Church
This Year! 

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