Church ministry teams play a vital role in the life and mission of a church community. Just as a skilled coach brings out the best in a team, pastors serve as the guiding force, nurturing and encouraging their ministry teams. However, these leadership skills don't always come naturally and require intentional development.
This subject focuses specifically on equipping individuals with the necessary skill set to establish and lead effective ministry teams within a church context. It recognizes that successful teams rarely form by chance; instead, their development and collaborative efforts are crucial for the growth and impact of the church.
Building and fostering a team that not only thrives but also represents the church in the best possible light is essential for its continued success, regardless of its size. This unit is designed to empower individuals to take responsibility for establishing and expanding new departments or outreach initiatives within their church or ministry.
The effectiveness of a church ministry team goes beyond mere individual contributions. It is about establishing a supportive and cohesive community that works harmoniously towards fulfilling the shared vision of the church. Through the application of the strategies outlined in this unit, you will empower your ministry team to excel in their roles, ultimately bringing positive and meaningful transformation to the lives of those you serve.
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead teams in the workplace and to actively engage with the management of the organisation.
The unit applies to individuals working at a managerial level who lead and build a positive culture within their work teams. At this level, work will normally be carried out using complex and diverse methods and procedures requiring the exercise of considerable discretion and judgement. It will also involve using a range of problem-solving and decision-making strategies.
Establish an Effective Ministry Team Performance Evidence
To complete Manage a Ministry Team you will utilise BSBTWK502 Manage Team Effectiveness
Establish a team performance plan
- Identify team purpose, roles, and responsibilities according to organisational and task objectives
- Develop performance plans with expected outcomes, key performance indicators (KPIs) and goals for the work team
- Support team members in meeting expected performance outcomes
Develop and facilitate team cohesion
- Develop strategies for facilitating team member input into planning, decision making and operational aspects of team tasks
- Develop or modify policies and procedures for promoting team member accountability for personal work and team tasks
- Provide feedback to team members on team effort and contributions
- Develop processes for identifying and addressing issues, concerns and problems identified by team members
- Encourage team members to participate in and take responsibility for team activities
- Support the team in identifying and resolving work performance problems
- Promote work-team collaboration through individual behaviour
Liaise with stakeholders
- Establish and maintain open communication processes with relevant stakeholders
- Communicate information from line management to the team
- Communicate and follow up on unresolved issues, concerns and problems raised by team members with line management
- Address unresolved issues, concerns and problems raised by stakeholders
The candidate must demonstrate the ability to complete the tasks outlined in the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, including evidence of the ability to manage the effectiveness of at least one work team.
In the course of the above, the candidate must:
- provide feedback to encourage, value and reward others
- model desired behaviour and practices
- encourage and foster a shared understanding of purpose, roles and responsibilities
- support team to meet expected performance outcomes including providing formal and informal learning opportunities as needed
- develop performance plans with key performance indicators (KPIs), outputs and goals for individuals or the team which incorporate input from stakeholders
- communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders about team performance plans and team performance
- evaluate and take necessary corrective action regarding unresolved issues, concerns and problems raised by internal or external stakeholders.
The candidate must be able to demonstrate knowledge to complete the tasks outlined in the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit, including knowledge of:
- impacts of group dynamics on team performance
- methods of establishing team activities including communication processes
- strategies that can support team cohesion, participation and performance
- strategies for gaining consensus
- issue resolution strategies.
Manage a Ministry Team - Learning Options
There are two options to complete the practical theology units.
1. Through our “Online Training Portal”. The portal provides students with a comprehensive and interactive learning and training program. Various assignments are presented to teach and determine competency in the units required. Detailed instructions and access are provided to students by VIC as they enter into the subject. A preview of the Vision Colleges Online Training Portal is available to students and prospective students at the Online Portal Student Guide.
2. If a unit is not available online, or if a student cannot access the internet or is uncomfortable with online learning, the unit is available in hard copy as a workbook with written assignments.
Students may request alternative Ministry Skills units. For a list of alternative options, contact the Principal at Vision Colleges.
It is helpful, but not required, for a student to be involved in a local church or community-based program under qualified leadership and document their work experience completed for each unit to assist in establishing competencies.