By: Amy VanderKamp

What if you recently found out that you had two Campus Life leaders hooking up, and if that wasn’t bad enough, you just got off the phone with another who called you stating, "The cops are on the way, HELP!” You’d probably be thinking, that’s a pretty dysfunctional group of leaders…and from personal experience, I’d humbly admit that you’re right!  We all know, probably all too well, that creating a healthy ministry team can feel like a daunting task. For some encouragement, let’s take a brief look at how Jesus changed the world with his ministry team.

“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. Come, follow me, Jesus said, and I will send you out to fish for people. At once they left their nets and followed him.” Matthew 4:18-20

Jesus did things a bit different than the other leaders of his time. Back then most Rabbis would wait for a prospective student who was well qualified to approach him and ask if they could follow him. Then the Rabbi would size that individual up, and if they had what he thought it would take to follow him, he would say, “Come, follow me.” Let’s be brutally honest, many Rabbis were looking for the best of the best to come knocking on their door, and how many of us do the same thing? Now, notice what Jesus did. He went into their world, He found ordinary people, and said, “Come, follow me.”  Did you catch that? He didn’t wait for the best of the best to come to Him. Jesus sought out fishermen, these were men who hadn’t made the cut to follow another Rabbi!

Creating a healthy ministry team means that we must look for the right people to join us in a mission that’s worth being sold out for. We can’t afford to wait for the right people to come knocking on our doors, and we most certainly cannot afford to fill our teams with “warm bodies.”

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Jesus came to give life to our stories, and that’s a mission that we can be sold out for!

As we seek God’s direction for our ministry team, let’s remember to journey alongside of our leaders well enough to know that we have the right, healthy Christian adults pouring into lost students. If you haven’t done so already, take a look at a great new resource Campus Life 201! There’s a ton of great tips in there for your ministry site to begin building a relational team of Christian adults who are committed to making a difference in the lives of lost teens together.

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