Why Team Players Are Not Always the Best

Why Team Players Are Not Always the Best

I look for renegades, not team players.

I don’t need a bunch of people who think like me.

I already think like me. Why do I need more people like me?

I want people who think differently from me. Give me people off the beaten path.

You can keep your bland/typical churchgoer types who have never had an original thought.

I want the crazies.

That doesn’t mean I want people who can’t get along with others. Some people skills are required.

However, innovation is more important than getting along.

I want people who know Jesus and understand the Gospel of God’s grace.

Other than that, all bets are off.

Children’s ministry does not need more team players sitting around talking about how to get 20 more in kids choir this year.

It needs people who raise their hand and say, “Why the heck do we even do this?”

We need people who stir the pot…and sometimes even dump it over.

What kinds of people do you recruit? Chances are you recruit people you enjoy being around.

That means they are probably a lot like you. Those are the last people you need.

If you are starting a quilting club, go after people you enjoy.

If you are building a ministry, go after crazies. Isn’t that what Jesus did?

Peter was an overbearing fisherman.

Simon was a political radical.

James and John were so bonkers they wanted to roast an entire village for not having a vacancy at the local hotel.

Thomas was a skeptic.

Judas was a liar/thief/traitor. He was the only one who got the boot.

The rest of these misfits ended up making an eternal impact for God’s kingdom.

Who knew? Jesus.

Whatever can be said about the disciples, no one ever called them “team players.”

Who are you passing up?

Who has God sent you that would add a new pizzazz to your kidmin? Give him a chance.

Tolerate his annoying capacity for asking uncomfortable questions. Consider a couple of his crazy ideas.

Who knows? You might stumble onto something that all of us will be copying one day.

By |2017-03-07T18:11:21+00:00August 12th, 2014|Ministry Articles|4 Comments


  1. Chasity September 1, 2014 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    I definitely agree with this article. I have a ministry built of all different personalities. It is fun and at times challenging. But I LOVE IT!!

  2. Nancy Keith September 2, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    I have to disagree with you. You need team players dedicated to the same goal, wholly committed to Jesus with different gifts, talents and abilities. They need to be meek…power under control. Our team doesn’t sit around on their hands. They are actively, creatively serving…not necessarily interested in status quo…but doing whatever we can to reach children for Christ. When we recruit we look at spiritual gifts to make sure the needs of the children and the team member are being met. We are into wild and crazy…but not with mavericks bouncing around in all directions…instead bouncing towards the same goal! It is incredible how God has woven us together. I love being part of our team.

    • Roger Fields September 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your input. I agree that we need to have the same goals and direction.

  3. john perea August 2, 2015 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    when you say you dont want people who just think like you who have different ideas or a different way of looking at things you frighten those who like to control everything and everyone around them. They accuse you of not caring about the kids or useing crazies who dont follow Jesus . I didnt hear any of that in your blog. You gotta understand bro we live in a time when people want only those who agree with them around . Gifts aren’t just only those that are categorized in the obvious but they can manifest in unusual ways and means. I want people around me that are not afraid to let the amazing creativity[ that by the way the Father gave them] to have a safe place to be expressed. When we say that anyone that thinks in a different dimension are maverricks we are saying to God ” Lord their not really on board with our structured , disciplined , meticulously organized program so we forbid them to be with us” . Sound familer ? We who have been given the position of leadership should seek God for the maturity and the supernatural intuitiveness to see the worth of all the choices God places in our lives. Dont know ……..i could be wrong . just wanna let you know i believe your doing what our Lord wants you to do. And thats all that matters

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