Our CM team is unfaithful

Your Question:

“How can I improve the faithfulness of our CM team? We have some who don’t show up when they are scheduled to serve.”

The Issues:

The CM team is not a place for “tenure”!  Just because someone has served on the CM team for many years shouldn’t prevent you from challenging them to improve.  If apathy or unfaithfulness is part of the CM culture, you must do all you can to remove that “cancer” before it spreads.  This may mean removing CM team members if they choose not to improve their faithfulness. Remember that a CM team member who “doesn’t show up” to serve effects other CM team members, and children, as well! Make sure to keep your senior pastor advised in this process because he may be the first person who is called if a team member is removed.

Scripture Foundation:

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.” Matthew 24: 45, 46

Short Answer:

Creating a “culture” of faithfulness is critical to a “healthy” CM team!  This demands that you recruit the right people to join your team.  Creating a “culture” of faithfulness also means strongly supporting those who are faithful, and removing those who choose not to be faithful.  Removing CM team members is a “tricky” issue! It must be done only after several attempts to encourage and support improved faithfulness, and detailed documentation of those efforts.  If a CM team member repeatedly shows up late, or doesn’t show up at all to his/her scheduled time of service, you must let him/her know that the CM commitment demands faithfulness.  If you don’t see improvement, or if he/she always has a good excuse, you may need to ask him/her to step away from the CM team because the expectations are too much for his/her life.  Do all you can to publicly celebrate those CM team members who are faithful!  Let the entire CM team know that faithfulness received public celebration! For more help, click on the links below.

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