This one comes directly from the book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”, written by John C. Maxwell. One of those 21 irrefutable laws speaks of giving value away to others. This, while building value in a team, will in turn build your value.

There are tons of ways that you can do this, and it goes beyond encouraging words. Investing into someone means more than remembering their names and saying “Good job” when they deserve it. Those things are important, but you can take it further and make it mean more.

The tendency is to only focus on a person’s performance or interests as far as the worship team is concerned. However, in order to invest in someone’s life, you need to find out what they get up to outside of the worship team. For instance, let us say that a member has a huge passion for auto mechanics. Have you asked them to show you what they like to work on best? Maybe they work on their own car…have you offered to tag along? Anybody that is passionate about anything is dying to have someone else share it, so by showing more than passing interest, you are actually making a huge investment into the life of that team member. Even buying lunch for someone while giving them an encouraging talk…it means more when you tag on food, trust me. There are tons of ways that you can do this, and it will build relationships much faster than if you had just sat back with a casual approach.

One more example, this time a personal one. A friend of mine whom I go to school with is big into photography. [shameless plug] http://flickr.com/photos/27206973@N08/show/ [/shameless plug] We didn’t really know each other when we first met at the airport, but after hanging around him for a bit, I could see where his passion was. As it turns out, the best way to initiate a friendship here was to ask to tag along when he went out photographing abandoned buildings, since that was his shtick. I learned about taking stellar photos at night (If you haven’t visited his Flickr page yet, do it so you know what I’m talking about), got to hang out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night for a few hours, and build a relationship. BUT, more importantly, he was able to share his passion. Now it has extended beyond photography trips, though we still go and do so every now and again.

Sow seeds into potential friendships, and watch God grow them beyond what you thought they could be. This has to be the coolest way of growing a team that I have come across. Get creative, and find the ways you can add value to people; you won’t regret it.

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