Children's Ministry Guide to
Building a Team
by Andy Back
Published in June by Children's Ministry, 2003
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'And it's Ryan Giggs
on the ball now for Manchester United,' cries the commentator.
'Just one minute of time added on left to play, and the scores are level.
Giggs takes it from his own goalkeeper with a flick of the ankle, and
dribbles the ball forward. He's drifting a little to the favoured left
wing now. He's run by some of his team-mates, and he's approaching the
opposition winger. He's passed him and cuts slightly inside as he maintains
possession for Manchester United. He's across the half-way line now, and
the Chelsea players are queueing up to tackle him.
' But Giggs skips past one, and nutmegs another as he brings the ball
expertly towards the edge of the penalty area. He looks up briefly and
sets himself for a shot. But in comes a fullback with a tackle… but Giggs
has sidefooted the ball out of harm's way and steadies himself again.
He draws back his left foot and slams the leather into the net, leaving
the Chelsea goalkeeper floundering! That's the winning goal! What a wonderful
solo effort from Ryan Giggs! That's the Individual Goal of the Season
We all thrill to see someone who has the skill to do everything themselves
and to make the difference between an average result and a truly great
or memorable one.
But in sport, and even with the undisputed skills of Giggs, it's much
more usual to see the ball move from player to player. It is released
by the goalie to the backs, up to the midfield and then passed expertly
onto the foot or head of a striker, who then applies the finish to score
the goal. After all, it's a team game and is designed to be played that
And that, my friends, is the first and last of the sport analogies that
you'll find in this book (except for a very brief paragraph towards the
middle of chapter seven, which is preceded by an appropriate warning).
Serving God together
is all about teamwork as well. Jesus recruited the disciples so that they
could learn to work as a team. Moses recruited a team and learned to delegate.
King David gathered a team of mighty men, and then made famous mistakes.
And we need each other in order to serve the children in our care.
Here are some of
my greatest foul-ups, lessons learned the hard way, mistakes, errors and
tiny successes along the journey. I have benefitted from great leaders
and from wonderful volunteers. The children and young people have been
served well, and the Kingdom of God has been brought into many lives.
May your stories contain fewer bumps and bruises, and much, much more
© 2003 Children's Ministry