There are many ways a leader can develop a staff team, but I have never found a better way than allocating time away from the office together. In fact, whether it be days or hours, the end will result in a much stronger team.
Jeana and I Just Led Our 31st Consecutive Staff Advance
Last Thursday, Jeana and I closed out our 31st consecutive Staff Advance for our ministry staff and their spouses here at Cross Church. This three and one-half-day investment into our team was tremendous. We are grateful for this opportunity.
Why do we do it? We do this because we believe in:
- Developing God-called leaders to lead
- Launching God-called leaders to lead
- Empowering God-called leaders to lead
- Investing in God-called leaders and their spouses
Here is what we have found again and again, and please read this carefully: Not one God-called leader will ever rise above their marital relationship with their spouse, nor will they rise above the engagement of their spouse in their own ministry. That is why, for 31 consecutive years, Jeana and I have led this staff advance.
What Was Small Years Ago Has Now Flourished Greatly
When I came here as a boy preacher from Texas, I had no idea how long I would be here, but I believed even then in the importance of developing our small staff team. So, I started something that has flourished beyond my imagination. God has been so good to us.
I am convinced that one of the reasons why Cross Church has grown and flourished over the years is this intentional, continual commitment to our Annual Staff Advance. For simplicity's sake, we plan it for the same week each year, beginning the last Monday of July.
It can be tiring for Jeana and me to plan and lead, but the investment of time into the lives of people make it more than worth it all. Each of us always leaves better individually, and we always leave more unified.
The exponential growth of our church and the increasing complexity of our organization have made these days more important than ever before.
Find Your Way to Develop Your Staff Team
Our way is not the only way, but it works for us. I cannot imagine leading this large, complex ministry without these few days together each year. It would make the days longer and the grind of ministry less enjoyable.
Here is what I have discovered: Your staff team does not need to be like you, nor do you all need be best friends, but you do need to enjoy working together.
Leadership is hard. Having a team you enjoy working with and even enjoy personally makes leadership a joy.
My counsel to you today is simple: Find your way to develop your staff team.
Ronnie Floyd is the president of the National Day of Prayer and the senior pastor of Cross Church.
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