Team Development: Asking Yourself, ‘Who Owns It?’

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Team Development: Asking Yourself, ‘Who Owns It?’
So how do we get to a place where people “own it,” and realize that what they do matters, and that the choices they make are valuable and trusted by church leadership?
Team Development: Asking Yourself, ‘Who Owns It?’
So how do we get to a place where people “own it,” and realize that what they do matters, and that the choices they make are valuable and trusted by church leadership?

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Realizing the Need

Your church needs more tech volunteers.

Ownership of ministries by volunteers means that people understand they are the hands and feet of Christ.

It’s not a question, as much as it is an obvious statement.

Churches need people to make things happen, and tech ministry requires the right people for a very specific job. These people must be wired a certain way, often as creative problem solvers – but they often require a very unique personality trait when growth and transformation is desired, the ability to “own it.” The project or task is theirs through to completion, without micromanagement, for the obvious purpose of benefiting the church and facilitating ministry.

So how do we get to a place where people “own it,” and realize that what they do matters, and that the choices they make are valuable and trusted by church leadership?

It’s about finding leaders who you can trust, and developing them to do the same.

Identifying Leaders

Leaders can’t help but lead. Our team was recently blessed to integrate and be present for the launch of a new audio, video and lighting system in a youth room at a church in Gladstone, Missouri. This youth facility had some of the latest tech gear – ProPresenter, Jands Vista, a digital audio console, laser projection – all tools that require someone with a vision to use them effectively.

Leading up to the launch, there was the continuing question of “who is going to determine the ‘what’ of production in this space?”

During training of the system, a few days before system launch on the weekend, a group of 13-14 year-old boys attended training, looking to see if they could help. We were incredibly pleased to see a natural structure of leadership between these guys, with the goal of using these systems for the benefit of the church.

We watched as each person found their niche in the areas of audio, video, or lighting and attempted to learn everything they could to do a great job. One of these young men showed the incredible ability to “drive the bus.” Someone had to say “what” they were all doing. This person was a natural producer and leader of tech people. I watched as he would ask (at 14 years old!) for specific cues or relay immediate needs, but not demand them – he communicated a sense of urgency and importance of what they were all doing together. He owned it.


More About Marcus Hammond
With over a decade of church technical leadership and production experience, Marcus Hammond serves as Church Resource Director with Stark Raving Solutions, based in Lenexa, Kan. Hammond is passionate about helping local churches connect with their congregation and helping church technical teams reach a new level of success. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Jill, and enjoys travel, Hi-Fi audio, and KC BBQ! Connect with Marcus on Twitter @marcus_hammond.
Get in Touch: marcus@starkravingsolutions.com    More by Marcus Hammond

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