Lead to the Strengths of Your Team

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At Ministry Insights, Rodney Cox and his team work to help Christians assess their strengths and value their differences. They commonly help pastors and business leaders to make the most of their teams, and in this post Rodney shares some of his own insight into leading from your own strengths and valuing the strengths of your ministry team.


How do you sometimes communicate to people that they are not valuable to your team? How can you fix or improve this behavior?
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What is something you can do this week to let each individual on your team know that he or she is valued and important to the mission?
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Leaders need to value and utilize the differences of everyone on their team. It works for the good of all when they do, and it's even easier to work with differences when they hire the right person in the first place. In this video, Rodney cautions against some common hiring mistakes in churches and advises how to find the right person for the job.


What are your normal non-negotiable traits and characteristics that you look for when hiring? Are any of these the wrong thing to look for? What should be your non-negotiables?
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On your next hire, how will you determine the particular strengths that you need to fill that position?
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What is the specific, particular goal of your ministry? This is not asking if you intend to glorify God and fulfill the Great Commission, but the working, practical goal that your ministry wants to accomplish. (i.e. We want to reach the lost and care for the homeless in Southeastern Dallas.) How will consideration of this mission play into your next hire?
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Whether you are hiring new workers or leading the team you already have, embracing differences and understanding strengths will help you to be efficient and effective in fulfilling your ministry duties.

If you would like to use Ministry Insight's staffing guide, you can find that resource here. To learn more about their Strengths Profile, visit their main page here.