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Jason is the founder of Ignite Student Ministries, a dynamic ministry igniting youth, young adults and university students to passionately pursue Christ and transform society in high schools, work places and universities around the world.

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Assembling Your Dream Team

Jason VanaJason Vana

Yesterday, I wrote a post about the need to develop a “dream team” with gifts, talents and ideas that are different from your own. I made the point that you need a team who thinks differently than you, isn’t afraid to question you, come up with opposing ideas, and challenge what you’re doing – because that team will push you into a bigger vision for your dream.

It’s essential for seeing your dream come to pass.

But, as many of you made mention of in the comments, that’s much easier said than done.

It’s not easy to assemble a team that will push you, challenge you, give you new ideas and perspective. It’s not easy to find a group of people who will give constructive criticism, point out areas where you are thinking too small but not try to over-criticize and stop the dream. It’s not easy to develop a team that is committed to the dream, willing to put differences aside and work together…even when they want to kill each other.

It’s not easy to find a group of people you are willing to open yourself up to and allow to speak into your dream.

And while there is no magic formula to finding the members of your “Dream Team,” there are a few guidelines that you should look for in anyone you may approach to be on your team:

Assembling your Dream Team isn’t easy, but with these guidelines, and a lot of prayer, you should be able to find a group of people who will push you, encourage you, bring new and different ideas to the table, while always keeping the good of the dream ahead of their own desires.

List out your criteria. Look for people who are sold out. Pray. Use discernment. Be willing to say no to people who wouldn’t be a good addition to your team.

And trust that God will bring the right people to propel your dream into reality.

 

Jason is the founder of Ignite Student Ministries, a dynamic ministry igniting youth, young adults and university students to passionately pursue Christ and transform society in high schools, work places and universities around the world.

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  • Dustin
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     Well said – assmblying a team who is “sold out” and bought in will ensure a shared vision in the end. Really enjoying your vision posts Jason. Well done!


    • Brandon
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      I needed this today…thanks! I’ve been a little discouraged lately with the worship ministry I am leading right now. A lot of things hav ebeen going on. Our drummer had to leave due to a program he i sinvolved wtih at school, and it has really set us back!
       
      I am asking God to just show me the people He wants to make this happen, but it is all happening so slowly. I’m just waiting on God at this point!  


      • Jason Vana
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         Sorry to hear that Brandon! It’s always frustrating when you experience setbacks like that in anything you are doing. I’ll be praying that God brings the right people into your path to see that worship team move forward!


    • Jason Vana
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      Thanks Dustin!


  • @kylereed
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     I would be interested in reading a post that talked about using social media to assemble this dream team. Because I think that is a great place to find all the things you listed


    • mohan37
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      You’d think, but it can be hard.  A lot of people like social media because it’s passive.  Start asking for tangible actions, and people scatter.  Not always the case, but a common one nonetheless.

      Your group needs to be socialized long before you try to call it to action.  And you can’t do it alone; you need a few other people to buy in, and then you can start shaping the narrative of the group.  That way, when a call to action comes in, people aren’t caught off-guard. 


      • Jason Vana
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         That’s kind of the response I’ve seen – though most of what I do is localized, so it’s hard to get people from other areas involved when it just impacts a small town in West Central Illinois.


      • @kylereed
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        true, but in a lot of ways I think you should be able to tell pretty quickly.

        I mean the tea I work with now in nashville is all because of twitter and social media.  


        • Jason Vana
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          How did social media play into the forming of that team? It sounds like you have some experience in it – even if it’s just on the end of you having been recruited through social media (is that right??).


        • mohan37
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          Yeah I imagine the way the team is formed is important.


    • Moe
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      Yup, me too! 


      • Jason Vana
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        I’ll have to look into it. I personally have never assembled a team through Social Media – it’s always been people I’ve met and known in person. It would be interesting to hear how a team is assembled through Social Media for sure. 


  • Brandon
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    I needed this today…thanks! I’ve been a little discouraged lately with the worship ministry I am leading right now. A lot of things have been going on. Our drummer had to leave due to a program he is involved with at school, and it has really set us back!

    I am asking God to just show me the people He wants to make this happen, but it is all happening so slowly. I’m just waiting on God at this point!  


  • Shelley
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    Passion is definitely important for any ministry. Even if you aren’t in leadership (ie heading up a team), if you don’t have passion for the ministry, then it’s probably better to look for something else. If you don’t enjoy doing something, or have a passion for it, you are probably not going to do your best at it; but if you really, truly enjoy doing something and are passionate about it, you will probably excel at it.


    • Jason Vana
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      That’s so true Shelley – and why I look for people who are passionate to be involved in leadership. If you aren’t passionate, it won’t be long until you are giving up and throwing in the towel to move onto something else.


  • mohan37
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    getting the right people on the bus is so key.  I’m ripping metaphors straight out of Good to Great, but I think a huge problem with team building is focusing on filling all the seats on the bus before getting the right people on board.  When you focus only on jobs, and not on the group as a whole, you end up with a bunch of silos.  oops, more metaphors.

    nice post 🙂


    • Jason Vana
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       I like those metaphors! The plus side of being too small to actually pay someone to do these roles is that we’re only bringing people on the team when we actually need them, so it is more about getting the right person than it is having a bunch of empty seats that need filling.


  • Moe
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     I like the way someone once put it (which is more or less what @mohan37:disqus said)”get the right people on the bus, wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.” That’s the team I want next to me when reaching after my dreams. 


  • Kristinherdy
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    according to the bus metaphor Mo and Moe are using here – I need to point out that all my dream team members are on the virtual highway. I need to find some flesh and blood people here.


    • Jason Vana
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       Yes but also maybe no. (Is that cryptic enough for you??)

      I think you should also look at how you can make the virtual highway team members more like flesh and blood people (not really sure how to be honest).  Maybe it’s through monthly Skype chats or even imagining how your dream (whatever it maybe) could be affected by the connections you have all over the country. 

      Or maybe it’s as simple as your e-friends keeping an eye out for possible job openings in their areas and sending you the application info.


  • Brooklyn Cravens
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     Sharing the vision is something so many leaders forget to do. But without a vision is like going to sail a ship with no direction in mind. What horror the sea suddenly contains…


    • Jason Vana
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       Vision is so important to anything we do. And the more you share the vision, the more you build buy-in, the bigger your dream can become.


  • Joseph
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    I think you nailed just about everything Jason. I need to check myself and make sure I’m fitting these qualities in the ministry I serve. Thanks for sharing this. 

    My two favorite are Hardworking and Dependable. Two qualities that are difficult to find.


    • Jason Vana
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       It definitely made me evaluate myself and the ministry I do. It’s easy to come up with a list of what we expect out of others, but not so easy to come up with that list for ourselves.


  • Jake
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    In my experience, the hardest people to find are ones that can last. Selling a vision to another person isn’t difficult, but keeping them on it, even when everything gets difficult… that’s where I’ve failed in something like this in the past…. ugh. 


    • Jason Vana
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       Great point Jake! It isn’t easy to keep people engaged and being sold out to the vision when things get difficult. But when we do reach that point…wow – that’s when you know you’ve developed a great team.