The first step to a successful creative arts team starts with the realization that your dream team can house a collection of quite diverse personalities, and managing those personalities into a coherent team might be one of the more interesting challenges that you might face in your lifetime.
No matter if your creative arts team is 3 or 30 people strong, if you take some time and assemble the right people, you can reach the stars and extend your churches reach beyond what you ever imagined.
The one question every church should ask.
One Sunday after church Bill approaches you and offer to create a website free of charge. You are elated, if Bill just knew how timely his offer was. You just received a quote from a web development company to develop a website and nearly had a heart attack when you realized cost involved.
If you are in a similar position and you accepted Bill's offer I want to warn you that you might have made the wrong decision. On the other hand, not accepting Bills offer and paying for a website, could have been just as detrimental for the future of your online life.
This brings us to the one question that all churches should ask – Should I be involved my churches website and start with a creative team, or should I pay a company to do it? The answer usually will depend on you taking time and doing a honest audit of the skills that is available in your congregation.
Who's the Boss
Decided to take on the work yourself? Great news, the next step will be to decide about the leadership of your team. This usually is where things become interesting. I firmly believe that you should not look for a leader but a facilitator for your team.
Recently, I had the good fortune to meet a facilitator of a young creative arts team, who left a big impression on me. James, became involved in the creative arts team after he retired and realized that with the additional time in his day, he found himself interested in technology.
James volunteered to be the facilitator of the team, and soon realized that it was not his technical expertise that was needed, but someone skilled in getting a team to function and communicate.
Team management was skills that James felt right at home with, seeing that before he retired, he had a small business that installed carpets and wooden floors, and the years of experience that James had in working with a ream of craftsmen came in handy.
James expertly led his team through the personality clashes and workflow breakdowns, and felt that his presence in a team of younger people gave his life new purpose.
Why am I here
Geeks spend their lifetime honing their skills, and one thing that they do not need is to provide your church with their services free of charge. Though this might be true, you will easily get volunteers from the geekdom for your church. Ever wondered why that might be?
Like anybody else your creative arts team members offer their services to your church to fit in and serve a higher purpose. The biggest mistake that you can make is not integrating them into your church life.
If your team interaction is all email and no BBQ you can be assured that the longevity of your team will be compromised. But if you take the time ensure that your band of technologists feel right at home, you will build a team that will be ready to take your online presence to the next level.
It is true that this post was very conceptual, and while one is usually looking for brick and mortar solutions to this type of question, the importance of keeping tech skills in your church can be a blessing for your church. A little planning can surely go a long way.