The decline of membership and attendance at worship services in many parishes or congregations is an indication that it may be time for Christians to become aware of the need to incorporate team-based ministry into their effort. Team-based ministry is important because it reduces pastor burn out and enhances loyalty and efficiency in congregations.
The books listed below are helpful for understanding the benefits of team-based ministry.
John C. Maxwell, author of The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork in 2001. John C. Maxwell has become well know as a motivational speaker and consultant on leadership.
E. Stanley Ott author of Transform Your Church With Ministry Teams published in 2004. E. Stanley Ott is a Presbyterian pastor and president of the Vital Churches Institute in Pittsburgh, PA.
Jim Putman, author of Church as a Team Sport published in 2008. Jim Putman is a pastor at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, ID and a former wrestling coach.
My own book, Christ’s Team: A 21st Century View of Christianity, published in 2009, portrays Christianity as a team effort in continuing creation and includes the role of science. I'm a physicist and Lutheran lay person who introduced team-based ministry in the congregation in which I am a member when I was president over ten years ago.
Dale Roach, author of The Jethro Ministry, a book about Christian teamwork and published in 2014, has been publishing his writing and that of others on his www.likeateam.com web site for quite some time. It has become an exceptional resource for leadership and teamwork development. Dale Roach is the Senior Pastor at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Moore, South Carolina.