Breathe Ministry Loving our team

Loving our Team

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of

these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13, NIV

As a ministry leader, whenever leading a team, I have found it useful

to incorporate the five love languages. No matter what we do, when,

how, or with who, if love is not at the root of all we do, our team

members will not feel appreciated or encouraged. Incorporating the

five love languages helps me ensure that each one knows that she is

loved. These are just a few ideas:

Quality Time

Quality time – I try to have a lunch/coffee date with each member

individually. Depending on the size of the team and our length of

service, this could be one member a week, or one member a month. I do

my best to cater to her choice of location and availability.

Words of Affirmation

Words of affirmation – Every week, I make efforts to text one team

member a day, letting them know that she is being prayed for and

expressing appreciation for what she does. I go beyond “thanks for all

you do” but rather do try to be specific “I really love how you …, you

are such a blessing.”

Touch

Touch – HUGS!!! Hug when you can and if she is comfortable with it.

Otherwise, a hand on her hand or arm, can still go a long way.

Acts of Service

Acts of service – As team members, whenever possible, I make every

effort to be on each one’s team, so that they do not have to carry out

their tasks alone. Beyond that, if they are sick, take her a meal. If

she needs a babysitter, keep the kids. As a leader, my job is to serve

my team as they serve the ladies they minister to.

Gifts

Gifts – Throughout the year, I am always keeping my eye out for deals

on nice gifts. For example, a few years ago, I met an author, started

following her. She had a new devotional come out, was reasonably

priced, and offered to autograph them for a time. I got a copy for

each of my team members. That was a little more pricey, but even some

flowers at a volunteer appreciation, or chocolate, can go a long way.

May you and your teams feel loved this year.

~ Lisa

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