As we assemble a creativity team it is important to know what we are looking for. We don’t want to choose just any person. Some foundational guidelines you will want in place when you are choosing individuals for your team are: is the person trustworthy, able to work well with others, and won’t get offended if their ideas aren’t used. I know this seems very basic, but I have seen people put together teams where they have had individuals that took away from the team. If those people are not teachable it will impair the creativity of the group.
The second part of putting together a team is knowing the purpose for your team. Some creativity teams are for ministry assessment, sermon preparation, and others for designing, etc. Some people are more creative in certain areas due to being involved in that field or just because that is the way that God has gifted them. You would never want me on a creativity team discussing sports. I know about sports – I do watch them every once in a while, but I would have a very limited view on the different components of sporting events. Defining your creativity teams purpose will help everyone understand what the team is trying to achieve together.
In some creativity teams you might want to define the roles of those who are part of the team. You definently want to make sure everyone knows who is leading the group and who makes the final desicions. If you add any specialty team members to your group, it would be a good idea to let everyone know the role of that team member so they could have a better understanding of the functions of the team as a whole.
Last, we need to see who is available? Some teams members we assemble are from within our church, but sometimes we can pull people from outside our church fellowship to help further our team’s creativity. Maybe they would add a lot of value if they were brought in as part of the creativity team. Some individuals due to past experience help bring insight to the area that we are trying to be more creative. Some leaders may choose individuals from outside of our church fellowship for a short term commitment, other leaders may see the value to have the individuals part of the team for a long term. The purpose of the team determines who you choose and the time frame they are to be part of the team.
Those are some of my thoughts. If you have any thoughts that you would like to add. Leave me some comments!