One of the greatest stress factors facing many candidates is the functioning of their team. What leadership styles bring life and purpose? What mistakes drain life from the team? One team saw the turnover of seventy new people over the course of years before the agency asked if the leader had control issues.[i] New workers need to learn their function on the team and determine how their ministry gifts can be utilized, which may or may not overlap. How do multi-national teams function? What are the dynamics of a wide age spread on the team, or singles on a team with married couples (and children)? Is the purpose of the team to meet the needs of the workers, like many churches do in their home countries, or to encourage the workers to find their ministry stride? We spend time teaching on teams and how to work as an effective team player.
[i] Personal interview with agency related leaders.