This is my kind of Team

I went to go see the new movie “Begin Again” and that ended up being one of the worst decisions I made all week. Why? Not because it was a bad movie…it was a really good one! I strongly recommend it. It was the worst decision because it turned me into an emotional wreck all week.

Seriously, it’s really embarrassing to admit, but this movie hit home with me on a few different levels. The relationship component in it was so strong and I could identify with the characters in the movie so much, it turned me into a basket case. I would strongly recommend you watching it, despite my emotional reaction to it. ūüôā

Just when I thought I was all out of emotions, as I was folding laundry I ran across “For the Love of the Game”, a baseball movie with Kevin Costner. That just about wrecked me as well as it was about an aging baseball player reflecting on his life as he pitches a perfect game, the ultimate accomplishment for a pitcher during a game. It was those reflections throughout the game that made me reflect on my own life…hence the emotional response that I had.

At one moment in the movie, Kevin Costner looks up to the scoreboard and relizes he is pitching a perfect game. Watch and listen to his interaction with the catcher.



Early in this clip Kevin Costner’s character says, “I don’t know if I have anything life”. Have you ever felt like¬†that before? ¬†Have you ever felt that you have nothing left in the tank and you can’t do it anymore?

I know I have and it because of the different teams I’ve had over the years that I have be able to last this long in ministry.

Do you have a team like this? A team that will step up even when we can’t do it any more? Do you have people in your life that can come give you a pick-me-up when you are down in the dumps?

The reality is we aren’t always going to have our best stuff. We are going to have an off day or week, go through a hard time or have external things that are going to be messing things up. I have had this happen to me. However, I had a team around me that stepped up and really took the lead in a few areas that ended up benefiting our ministry in so many great ways.

Having a great team around you¬†doesn’t just happen. ¬†As a Ministry Leader, you have to work hard…

  • recruiting the right person to be a leader to be apart of your team
  • training them so they have the right tools to be successful
  • meeting with them regularly so they have a connection with you
  • building a sense of community amongst the team members
  • having fun together as a team

All of these are important to having that great team, a team that will stick with you and be that team that will play awesome for and with you no matter what.

What do you think?  What are some other things you can do with your teams so that they will be that team we all dream of having with us?


Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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