This is part 6 of 6 of What I Learned in a Mega Church. You can read about Pastoral Care for Musicians in a Mega Ministry here, get 4 Tips for Managing the Stress and Multiple Priorities of Mega Ministry here, understand why You Don’t Have To Be A Big Church To Have A Great Church Staff here, learn why You Don’t Have To Have A Big Music Ministry to Take a Choir Tour here and ramp up your Leadership for the Ministry of the Big Production here.
Leadership Based Upon Relationship
Leadership, ministry, and communication are all based on relationship. Building and maintaining healthy relationships is the foundation for building responsive teams like it’s the foundation for responsive musical ensembles.
Getting people to commit to anything starts with defining why. We get excited and describe the what and forget the why. The why is the reason people make decisions.
Apple is clear in defining the quality and ease of use of their products, especially the iPhone. Copycat companies describe features. Apple has grown to be the largest company in the world by value and others barely make a profit on their phones. In business the goal is profit. Their goals are clearly defined. Apple creates new paradigms and others copy. The company is successful because they attract and retain loyal fans who are committed because of their passion.
In ministry our values and goals are different than those in business. It is, however, very a very similar perspective. Many in ministry copy successful churches without being original in serving the needs of the unique culture they lead. People commit because they understand why it’s important and then they are able to connect their passion to the service to ministry. People then function at a higher level because they are fulfilling their passion.
Here are steps for getting people to commit:
1) Define the Why Write out the reason for them to commit. Be clear and concise. Use few words and be sure that it sounds interesting.
2) Create the Ask Write and rehearse the statement you will use to present the opportunity. See my post on the 4 taboo words in ministry. We don’t recruit people, we give them a reason to serve.
3) Define Leadership Each person in ministry is a leader. Members in ministry is a paradigm shift from volunteer. Leaders are people of influence. Committed and passionate members influence others.
4) Know the Person The book The Art of War states knowing the enemy is crucial to winning. Know the person you want to commit to something first. Remember, leadership is based on relationship.
5) Be Positive Keep a positive mental attitude. If you think you will succeed or you think you will fail, you will. Others will pick up on your negative thoughts. Keep a positive picture of success in your mind.
The Transformational Leader build healthy cultures just at as the conductor builds good ensembles by using the same principles.
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