“A Biblical Strategy for Strong Teamwork”
The Jethro Ministry Helps Your Group, Team, or Congregation Work Together to Their Full Potential.
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Are you having trouble getting your group, team or congregation to work together to their full potential?
Exhaustion and burnout are nothing new. It is not uncommon to hear of someone simply throwing in the towel and walking away from what looked like a good situation. Why does this happen? The answer to this question can be found in the advice that Jethro gave to Moses. Regardless of our role and responsibility as a leader, team member, and church member, the Creator never intended for any person to carry the load of life, work, or responsibilities by him or herself. Jethro knew this.
One of the most interesting bits of advice that Jethro gave to Moses was when he told Moses, “if you continue to do this you will surely wear yourself and these people out” (Exodus 18:18).
Seek Out The Talents Of Others
A major call of any good leader is to seek out the talents of those they are leading. This search for talent was the advice of Jethro to Moses.
Put Other People To Work
When we seek out the skills of other people, it will not always be easy. It will call us to take the time to find those who have untapped abilities and put them to work.
Pace Ourselves As Leaders
It will encourage us to pace ourselves as leaders and not become frustrated when it takes a little more time to find help.
Here is the key principle of The Jethro Ministry:
You Cannot Do It By Yourself!
And that’s why I created The Jethro Ministry training course that focuses on the advice of Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Median, to help you create a strong teamwork effort. This advice of Jethro can be used in your church, volunteer group, charity organization and even your business.
Just Look At What You’ll Learn…
Session 1: My Journey – How The Jethro Ministry Began
The Jethro Ministry journey began with a simple question, “How do you get church people to work together as a team?” Why do many of the churches of God decline and lose hope for a healthy future? For some churches there simply is not a plan or strategy in working together. As I have witnessed this taking place over the past two decades, I came across Exodus 18 and began to listen to the advice of Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, in a new way. This scripture opened my heart to the plan of a very wise and godly man in creating an environment of teamwork for the people of God.
Session 2: Why Are We Doing What We Are Doing?
In some congregations the finances, the mission work, the ministry, and the personnel resources are deployed in the same way that they have been for years. A system and format of ministry can develop and become the law of the land. No one takes the time to ask, “What are you doing?” or “Why are you doing it?” These are the questions that Jethro asked of Moses.
Session 3: A Biblical Foundation for Teamwork – The Battle of Amalek
The battle of Amalek gives a clear example of how the power of praying people affects the outcome of an event or struggle. A leader could benefit in receiving assistance, especially in the most crucial areas of ministry. With the assistance of Aaron and Hur, Moses was able to continue under the demands that were taxing him physically. The man of God will be glad to have assistance, and a truly spiritual leader will not resist the aide of others.
Session 4: The Strategic Plan of Jesus
The life and ministerial development of Jesus and His disciples record the greatest example of a team ministry approach. It was clear from the beginning that Jesus had no intention of trying to do ministry alone. The ministry of Jesus started by recruiting disciples to be a part of his team. The strategy that Jesus used was one of training and deploying those he had trained to go into the world (Luke 9:1-6).
Session 5: What Does a Good Team Look Like – Paul’s Teaching about the Body of Christ
The development of personal and supportive teams makes it possible for any congregation to expand its ministry throughout its fellowship into the world. Establishing a healthy teamwork environment based upon the Bible will grow a strong fellowship. The Apostle Paul understood how important it is for the church to function, in harmony as a living organism. Teamwork is a strategy created thousands of years ago that can be a powerful tool for the modern church.
Session 6: 8 Attributes of a Strong Team
For team development to take place within the local church, the pastor must become comfortable with the concept that he cannot play all the instruments that are needed to create a successful ministry. The pastor may have the ability to play many roles, but for the church to work at its maximum potential the encouragement and empowerment of others is essential. The goal is for every team member to use those abilities and gifts that God has given them in their individual uniqueness. The process that creates a healthy and successful team grows upon the leader’s desire to see such a creation take place. A high-performance and well-organized team is what Jethro was leading Moses to see in Exodus 18.
Session 7: 8 Basic Principles of The Jethro Ministry—The S.T.R.A.T.E.G.Y.
The Jethro Ministry is designed to bring the pastoral ministry, deacon ministry and lay ministry of the congregation together. The goal is that the pastor and deacons view themselves as a cooperative group. The development of a team ministry is an attempt to become more biblical in doing ministry. The goal of healthy congregations should be to become a fellowship of Christians that practice healthy teamwork.
Session 8: How Do We Build on the Principles of The Jethro Ministry
What is unrealistic is to believe that any one man, with a family, a job, and any amount of time to himself can minister to more people than the Lord Jesus chose as His disciples. Jesus taught as much by example as He did by His words. There was a reason that Jesus recruited twelve men to follow him. The dynamics of human communication and the skills to build personal relationships decreases when more people are added to the group. Even though Jesus was the Son of God and had the ability to heal, turn water into wine, and raise a man from the dead, he showed by his example how important it is to train, encourage and empower people on a small scale.
The Jethro Ministry training course is different because it requires you to recruit and participate with other team members in order to complete the training.
You Cannot Proceed Unless You Work With Others!
Dale’s desire to work in developing strong teamwork began during his high school years when he was introduced to a new high school football coach. The high school team Dale played for had an overwhelming record—a losing record. When introduced to the new coach it was a tremendous turn around for the team and the players. Dale and his teammates were shown how to be a true team. In one year the football team went from losing every game to claiming a winning season. The development of teamwork and team skills have been a great interest for Dale since that senior year in high school. This interest evolved in his years as a businessman and his 30 plus years as a pastor and denominational team leader.
He earned his bachelor’s degree at Gardner Webb University, his master’s degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his doctoral degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dale is also the author of The Jethro Ministry, A Biblical Strategy for Strong Teamwork and The Servant-Leadership Style of Jesus. At present Dale is serving as the Senior Pastor of Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Moore, SC.