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How to Build Dynamic Ministry Teams

Today I'm happy to welcome as my guest Cynthia Hester, a Dallas Theological Seminary doctoral student, who chairs the Association for Women in Ministry Professions (awmp.org). She loves reading, beach walking, and lively conversations on current events, leadership, and women in the Word.) Find her on Facebook and Twitter @1cynthiahester.) Here are her tips for building strong leadership teams, along with her top three leadership book picks: 
  • Pray consistently for wisdom and discernment.
  • Lead with humility.
  • Prioritize diversity in team formation.
  • Cultivate members with varied gifts.
  • Communicate clearly the ministry vision and goals.
  • Encourage creativity and collaboration.
  • Listen intentionally to foster trust relationships.
  • Guide consistently with accountability and affirmation.
  • Change what needs changing.
  • Model balancing ministry tasks with relationship investment.
  • Persevere through crisis, conflict, or betrayal.
  • Invest team time in the 3 F’s: faith, fellowship, and fun.

Three recommended leadership resources: 

Leading from Your Strengths: Building Close-Knit Ministry Teams, John Trent 

Leading with a Limp, Dan B. Allender 

The Secret of Teams, Mark Miller

Sandra Glahn

Sandra Glahn, who holds a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and a PhD in The Humanities—Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas/Dallas, is a professor at DTS. This creator of the Coffee Cup Bible Series (AMG) based on the NET Bible is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books. She's the wife of one husband, mother of one daughter, and owner of two cats. Chocolate and travel make her smile. You can follow her on Twitter @sandraglahn ; on FB /Aspire2 ; and find her at her web site: aspire2.com.

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