The “WE” Principle

Here is a principle I’ve been teaching for years, but it just hit home for me again these past few days as I’ve been evaluating and researching.

When it comes to ministry partners (volunteers), staff, and laity in your congregation the “WE Principle” is huge for leadership success. When building a team whether lay led or staff we have to understand that WE are always on the same team. WE are looking out for each others best interest. WE are here to serve one another. WE are here to serve the church. WE are here to serve Jesus.

It is always WE. WE is team. It is never about what I think I am entitled to or what I think I need, but what is best for the team and the organization.

This is counterintuitive to our nature and it raises it’s head far too often in the church. DO NOT allow it to invade your team. As your staff and ministry partner teams grow larger in size you will need to add safe guards so as to not allow the disease of selfishness to creep. If you are a multi-site congregation you’ll need to work evening harder so that your regional campuses do not pit one against another. It you have Sunday School and Small Groups you’ll need to strive for balance of the WE in that area as well. Believe me I’ve been there before and seen it. It isn’t pretty.

Helpful Tips:

1. Meet weekly with your entire team and celebrate the wins – (all departments, all campuses)

2. Pray and study God’s Word together weekly.

3. Conduct weekly leadership training together. (I am using Leadership Gold by Dr. John Maxwell – starting May 20th with my team.)

4. Play together. (My team sets aside one day a month to do nothing more than play.)

5. Never and I mean NEVER allow team members to use the words – them, they, us, their, ours, me, my, mine.

6. Model the WE yourself – (always put others above yourself)

Remember the One Anothers:

  1. Love one another (John 13:34-35)
  2. Accept one another (Romans 15:7)
  3. Greet one another (Romans 16:16)
  4. Care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:24)
  5. Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:18-21)
  6. Forbear one another (Ephesians 4:1-3)
  7. Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)
  8. Forgive one another (Colossians 3:12-13)
  9. Be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:31-32)
  10. Serve one another (Galatians 5:13-14)
  11. Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)
  12. Be hospitable to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
  13. Pray for one another (James 5:16)
  14. Build up one another (Romans 14:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  15. Teach one another (Colossians 3:16)
  16. Exhort one another (Hebrews 3:12-13)
  17. Admonish one another (Colossians 3:16)
  18. Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:18)
  19. Prefer one another (Romans 12:9-10)
  20. Do not judge one another (Romans 14:13)
  21. Do not speak evil of one another (James 4:11)
  22. Do no murmur against one another (James 5:9)
  23. Do not bite and devour one another (Galatians 5:14-15)
  24. Do not provoke one another (Galatians 5:25-26)
  25. Do not envy one another (Galatians 5:25-26)
  26. Do not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9-11)


  1. Good thoughts, Kerry. And some great ideas on team building in there. In case we haven’t mentioned it lately, we are so EXCITED to have you on our team. And I mean that in the big, huge WE sense of the word.

    Hope you all had a happy Mother’s Day!

  2. Marla,

    Thanks for the post. We are SO EXCITED to be here too.

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