Developing Trust with Ministry Staff

According to a well-known author and motivational speaker, Simon Sinek, “A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other.” It’s important to build trust among members of the church staff so you have a better working environment.

Ministry staff must build trust with each other to properly carry out their duties and responsibilities. Here are some ways to grow and develop trust:

Be honest.

If you want to be trusted, you have to be honest. One of the core value of trust is honesty because a person who speaks with honesty shows his/her integrity as a person.

Nurture the relationship.

Build a personal relationship with your staff. Staff and leaders/managers must bond with each other in and outside of the church. It is good that they maintain a friendly relationship and do activities that are not church-related. The church may organize team-building events, or it can merely gather its staff for lunch or dinner. Have designated bonding time for the team.

Get rid of the Us vs. Them idea.

To nurture a relationship with your staff, you must stay away from the “Us vs. Them” mentality. A leader must never look down on his staff. Show them that they can also trust you. We’re all trying to accomplish the same goals. Work together, not separate.

Invest in your team.

According to John Maxwell, an author, pastor, and the speaker says that “people don’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care.” It is crucial to express genuine care to your staff. Once they see how much you care for them, then it will be easier for them to trust you.


Trust is vital in every relationship, whether personal or professional. There should always be trust between church staff. As a staff, you are setting examples for your church members. Be there for one another. Experience life together. And every once in a while, get out of the office and have some bonding time with your staff.

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