Friday, April 20, 2018

First Responders Homicide PrayerWalk: Friday, April 20th 5:30 PM at 6304 N. 99th (North end of Irvington Walmart Parking Lot)

Police and News Reports
KayViaun T. Nelson, 21, was shot about 4:50 p.m. Wednesday while seated in her SUV in the parking lot at the Irvington Walmart Supercenter at 6304 N. 99th. She died about 9:00 PM at Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy. It appears she had been involved in a dispute that may have followed her to Walmart. 

KayViaun had leaves behind a 2 yr old child and a baby of five months. Her father is a minister at Zion Baptist Church and this is the second time her family has suffered violence.  KayViaun's mother, Vanessa Thomas, was fatally shot on Dec. 5, 2009, outside a home near 41st and Sprague Streets.

Directions:  5:30 PM, Friday, meet in the north end of the Irvington Walmart Supercenter parking lot at 6304 N. 99th. 

Thank You for helping to make a difference. We have helped Omaha to reduce aggravated assault in half since 2007. 

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Monday, March 5, 2018

A Workshop by Dave Gehrls
Christ For The City International

Wednesdays 7-8:00 PM
March 7th - April 25th (8 Weeks)
Life Church, 8433 W. Center Road, Omaha, NE

Monday, May 15, 2017

Our Annual Ministry Report

This is from our Annual Ministry Report to the CFCI Board. 
Please contact us if you would like more information on any part.

Over the past several years, our ministry here in Omaha has been going through some transition. While we have not retired, the Lord has seemingly changed our focus from building churches to building individuals. In light of that, much of our ministry is personal mentoring of both current and developing leaders. This report will give you an idea of the kinds of things we’ve done in the past year that are impacting many churches, non-profits, businesses, individuals, etc., who are leading teams or congregations of their own.

Sheryl is still technically the Omaha Base Director for Christ For the City International. However, because the international office, as well as the US office, are also located here in Omaha, we have felt it to be more productive to focus on networking organizations together, resourcing current leaders, and training up new leaders. Therefore, the “Base” here does not function according to the parameters of a normal CFCI City Base.

In the past year our ministry has included the following:

Dave & Sheryl together:
Omaha 360 Network, Omaha. Dave attends this network meeting weekly, and Sheryl still goes periodically. This is a network of over 300 non-profits and public agencies including police, FBI, ATF, State & Local government agencies, churches and community groups that are working together towards violence intervention & prevention in the city. Dave has been quite active with all events that come out of this network since 2007. As a result of their efforts, there has been a significant reduction in weapon related violence every year for 10 years now. The Homicide PrayerWalks Dave coordinates function under the Faith Based part of this network. (More in Dave's Individual section)

Faith Leaders’ Breakfasts, Omaha. We are both active in the North Omaha monthly Omaha 360 Faith Leader meetings where there is opportunity to build relationships and network with pastors and leaders in our inner city. There are about 30 people generally in attendance.

CRU Summer Mission, Omaha. During May and June, Sheryl helped to organize, structure, and facilitate two summer mission projects with the local CRU City Director. College students came from around the country to attend this urban ministry experience. The first was 10 days long, and the second focused on integrating your faith into your medical career, and was one week long. There were five students in the first and 10 medical students in the second. This required working with local and national CRU City staff, as well as area ministries and about 40 students from around the country, not all of whom actually came.

Dave taught PrayerWalking to the students and also helped to build, wire, and plumb the bunkhouse where these students were housed during their time in Omaha. 

Hope Center For Kids, Omaha. We’re part of a team who meet to pray for and minister to the Staff at the Hope Center on a monthly basis. There are about 15-20 staff generally present when we go. Sheryl meets with Brenda Block (Hope Center Director) personally periodically for personal encouragement and ministry. Dave is doing some leadership mentoring with two of the staff leaders. 

Cross Training Center, Omaha. We both meet with the founder, Brenda periodically for Pastoral Care of a ministry leader who has a strong desire to see churches and ministries working together. Dave serves in an unofficial role of ministry chaplain and mentor for staff. He meets with Brenda and her staff 2-4 times per month to help with leadership development and ministry growth. 

Spence Counseling, Omaha. We’re part of the personal prayer team for the Directors of Spence Counseling, and periodically meet with them for personal ministry and encouragement, as well as to pray for the center and their staff.

The Beautiful Gate, Omaha. Sheryl meets regularly with Heidi Sampson, the Director, as well as her assistant Director, for ministry and encouragement, as well as to help with ministry development and growth. Sheryl served on her Board for 3 years, and is presently in the process of designing a Volunteer Program for them, and has helped to organize ministry and staff schedules and policies. Dave meets every month or two with Heidi to provide the spiritual father component.

God’s Secret: Women Conference, Omaha. Dave spoke at this conference in August on the topic of PrayerWalking. We took some prayer shawls, and talked about how they are used in various situations. There were about 150 women present from all over the Midwest, representing dozens of churches and prayer groups.

Waypoint Prophetic Prayer Team, Omaha. Sheryl participates on this team monthly, praying for four individuals each time. She serves with a team of about 40 people from Waypoint who make up this ministry. Dave comes whenever the team is shorthanded.

Okontoe Christian Fellowship in Grand Marais, MN. We made 4 trips up there for several days each for personal ministry and encouragement of the leadership team there, as they were facing huge personal health and family situations. Sheryl wrote a rough draft of a Policy Handbook for them, and is in the midst of drafting a “Parent Policy Handbook” for the parents of those students who come to be involved in their residential discipleship program for 6 months to a year. Dave often teaches for the Sunday morning fellowship meetings when we are there and in the past led several staff workshops on leadership. Dave also did some maintenance work projects on the grounds while there.

Brainerd Prayer Group, Brainerd, MN. We’ve made about 6 trips to Brainerd this year to deal with multiple situations there. Dave’s parents have been moved twice, his Dad’s health is not good, and his Mom has completely lost her cognitive abilities.

Additionally, we’ve helped to establish a prayer group that is meeting to pray for healing for one of Dave's childhood friends and our longest term prayer and financial supporter. He has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and has asked that we agree with him towards healing. 

Community of Grace, Elkhorn. Dave preached several Sunday services there, and we co-taught a Sunday afternoon workshop on the Motivational Gifts of the Spirit, that was attended by about 30 people from that congregation.

Sheryl Individual:
School of Ministry at Life Church in Omaha. Taught several sessions on the character attributes of God for them. There were 12 students, all of whom will be involved in various ministry positions, some here in Omaha, others as far away as Alaska. 

Leadership For Life, Omaha. Sheryl has been facilitating a small coaching group for Leadership for Life this year. We meet monthly. There are 4 of us, and it’s her responsibility to help build their leadership skills, as worked on in their monthly workshops. One leads a non-profit, another heads a nursing team for Better Health, and the third runs his own business.
In addition, I have filled in as a table leader for LFL, as called upon when they are short on staff. This table had 5 other people who all lead businesses or ministries.

Wellness and Hope Counseling Center, Omaha. Sheryl serves as unofficial chaplain and pastoral caregiver for the Director and staff at this counseling center. I meet with her monthly, and with the staff periodically to pray with them and through the facility.

Prayer Shawl Ministry, Omaha (and internationally!). To date, this ministry has had much more impact that I had originally anticipated! Many have dropped away, and the current team consists of 5 women, including myself, who make everything! They represent 5 different churches, and one of them is currently living in Texas. We have distributed well over 700 prayer shawls. They have gone to homicide PrayerWalks to touch moms and other women impacted by homicides. They have also been given into many situations touched by grief or some other heartache, some even internationally. Two of them went to Muslim women, one of whom is from Egypt; the second went to a lady who lives in Algeria. A third one will soon be on its way to Puerto Rico, and was specially made for that climate.

In Addition, in the past year or so, we have made about 200 caps for the NICU babies at Bergan Mercy Hospital. Of the 700 shawls, we have provided about 250 shawls to an area Hospice Chaplain who uses them extensively in ministry to families who are losing loved ones in one way or another. 

In the past year, we have also provided approximately 100 knitted or fleece hats and scarves to a local street ministry to be distributed among the homeless and needy.

Women’s Bible Study, Omaha. For about 8 months Sheryl conducted a Bible Study in our home on the Names and Character of God. I have compiled most of the materials, and they are available now for me to use in other situations. The Bible study had about 10 women, but was discontinued when I had my knee surgery last Fall.

Tentmakers, International, Minneapolis, MN. I have met with the Director, Dick Amundson, several times during the past year to talk about some issues within Tentmakers that need attention. He asked me to submit a plan that would structure some things for them, as well as evaluate the present situation. I spent some time evaluating their history, present structure, and suggesting some direction and rewrite of policies for the future. They have been in existence since 1976 training and equipping leaders for local churches.

Personal Mentoring & Leader Care: This is where much of my time is allocated as follows:
  • 3 women that I meet with every other week for 2+ hours; these are young leaders who are developing, and who I am mentoring. I spend 2-3 hours on the alternating weeks preparing materials for them.
  • 4 ministry leaders that I meet with monthly for 2-3 hours for personal growth and accountability.
  • 5 ministry leaders that I meet with regularly for personal growth and accountability.
  • 10 other women I meet with periodically for their personal encouragement and pastoral care.

Dave Individual:
First Responders Homicide PrayerWalks, Omaha. Dave still heads up this ministry team he co-founded that prays onsite whenever there is a homicide due to violence in the city. First Responders PrayerWalks is an effort to help get the Salt out of the Saltshaker...people out of their pews and into their streets.

Dave has coordinated or led over 400 Homicide or Violence related PrayerWalks since the Fall of 2007 as part of the Omaha 360 VIP Network (Violence Intervention and Prevention). This is not a Christian Network but a Community Network of Police, Government, Social Agencies, Youth Agencies, Neighborhood Associations, Churches and Faith based Ministries that happens to be founded and led by a strong believer Willie Barney.

Here is a chart from police records showing violence in Omaha from 2005-2016. We started PrayerWalks in the fall of 2007 and First Responders Homicide PrayerWalks in January of 2008. Many of those first Homicide PW's were just 3-5 of us in the snow...but as we were faithful God gave us favor. We believe 2008 would have been much higher had we not been praying. Note how the violence trend has gone down in Omaha since 2008 while at the same time violence in many cities has gone up.

Currently, most Homicide PrayerWalks average 30-50 with some over 100 and a couple have been over 200. Police and the gang unit are assigned to each PrayerWalk, Precinct Captains frequently participate and occasionally our mayor. Dave has developed a lead team of several pastors and ministry leaders along with about 75 volunteer prayer warriors form various churches who come as they are available.

In most PrayerWalks the victim's family & friends come along with people from the neighborhood, many of which are un-churched so we now are Pastoring the community on the streets. We have seen people come to Christ right where someone was murdered a few hours earlier. We have seen many miraculous happenings in response to prayer in the streets of our city, as God has given us boldness and favor. As a result of this visibility and responses, Dave often gets invitations to train in PrayerWalking.

NE Family Alliance Board, Lincoln, NE.
Dave has been a member of this board for approximately 20 years now, and has been actively involved with issues that have come before the State Legislature that have impacted the laws of our State. He continues to attend quarterly meetings in Lincoln, as well as periodic phone conferencing with the Director and board of the Alliance.

Dave is currently advising or individually mentoring: 
  • Two church pastors 
  • Five local ministry leaders.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Only Way for America To Truly Be Great Again:

"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people." -Proverbs 14:34 NIV
We have been granted a brief reprieve, but we are a deeply divided nation and that division will get deeper and more violent unless we, the church, lead our nation into a revival of repentance and righteousness.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Pre-Election Exhortation to the Church

Do you see the signs of the times?

Do you understand the events of man and the work of God in these days?  
For these days are like unto those of Jeremiah, Daniel, Habakkuk, and Malachi. 
They are like unto John on the island of Patmos.

In these days do not trust in political solutions, says the Lord. Do not trust in the arm of flesh. Do you not remember that the arm of Flesh will fail you, you dare not trust your own?  

Put on the gospel armor, put on each piece with prayer and stand firm uniting your shields in faith. Then take up the sword of the spirit which is the word of God and pray with perseverance in the Spirit for all the saints.

Did I not take Nebuchadnezzar off his throne and make him eat grass like a cow for seven years. Did I not and then restore him to his throne and make him give testimony to the whole world that I am the one who put kings on their thrones and I overrule the affairs of men, and that I can take the proud and crush them into dust.

Did I not give Daniel favor before kings without compromising his faith in me? Did I not close the mouths of lions before Daniel and keep the fire from Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego? Did I not give Ezra favor with Cyrus to rebuild the house of the Lord in Jerusalem and then Nehemiah favor to rebuild the walls?

Can your governments pass any law that I cannot overrule?  Can any dictator challenge my power?  So why do you keep placing your hope and your trust in the arm of flesh in these evil days?

When I call you to step out of the boat and walk on the water with me, will you keep your eyes on me or will you be in fear of the waves rolling around you? Will you walk with me on the waves or continue to trust in a boat made with human hands?

Can I not prepare a table for you in the presence of your enemies? In my arms can anything touch you unless I permit it? Keep your eyes on me and you will face the lions without fear. Keep your eyes on me and you will face the fire and the sword surrounded with my peace which the world cannot give.

Keep your eyes on me and you will walk to me on top of the waves of turmoil that are coming up in the world.

Put your eyes on me, now step out of the boat and walk with me on the waves.


For some time I have been seeking the Lord for wisdom regarding the moral and political direction of the church in our increasingly pagan culture. I have had parts of the exhortation shared above for some time, but a few weeks ago I woke up early Sunday and the words of this exhortation came so clearly into my spirit that I immediately got up and wrote it down. 

The Lord is not leading us to stay out of politics…Daniel was a prophetic and political figure in his times. God is reminding us not to trust in political solutions, to not compromise our faith, and He is exhorting us to trust Him and learn to follow. “Dare to be a Daniel…” (Do you remember the rest of that old SS chorus?) Oh how we need more young and old Daniels today.

Feel free to share as you feel led. Click here for a pdf

Please take time to read:
R. Loren Sandford  - Prophetic Moments #94..


Friday, October 14, 2016

Culture and Ministry Post

Yesterday I attended a "withinREACH" pastors luncheon on raising our evangelistic temperature. The feature speaker was Rick Richardson who shared an organic Church Evangelism Initiative which incorporates with the BLESS missional practices (B-Begin with Prayer, L-Listen, E-Eat, S-Serve, S-Story). I feel this could be helpful here in Omaha.

I so appreciated Rick's triangle illustration on maintaining balance in ministry (Upward-Worship, Inward-Fellowship, Outward-Outreach). I hope we don't skip too quickly over the upward and inward evaluations in our enthusiasm to reach those farthest from Jesus...which leads to the purpose of this post.

Like many of you I have condensed my internet reading down to a few selected sites and blogs. One of mine is James Emery White. I read his most recent blog this morning, which was suspiciously timely after our luncheon yesterday, "Three Ways Meck Could Have Been Much Bigger Than It Is... that I don't regret" (see below)

James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, and the ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president. His latest book is "The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated."

Blessings, Dave

Vol. 12, No. 81 
Last week marked Meck’s 24th anniversary, a church I had the privilege of planting in October 1992 and where I have served as pastor ever since. We started humbly with 112 people in a tropical storm. Over the years we’ve grown to around 10,000 active attenders, with 40,000 or so in our wider orbit.

In the spirit of our anniversary, my last blog was about the three ways Meck could have been much bigger than it is that I deeply regret. You can read it here.

As I wrote in the earlier blog, bigger isn’t everything, I know. It’s not even always better. But I am from the school of thought that numbers matter because they represent people, and people matter. So how you “get” those numbers matters, too.

So here’s the second installment: Three ways Meck could have been bigger that I do not regret.

1. I could have sacrificed my family.

Without a doubt, Meck would be much larger than it is today if I had sacrificed my family on the altar of ministry.

I didn’t.

And I’m glad.

While my kids were at home, I refused the vast majority of night meetings and events. I set aside weekly “Family Days” to spend with my wife and children. I worked hard and put in my fair share of hours, but not at the expense of my family.

The result?

Maybe a smaller church, but a much stronger family. And a family that loves the church. So many “PKs” do not. All four of my children are in fulltime vocational ministry.

All four.

If you want more details on this, I outlined a bit more about raising “PKs” in my book What They Didn’t Teach You in Seminary (Baker).

2. I could have focused on transfer growth.

At Meck, we aren't attempting to lure believers from other churches by having glitzier services and better programs.

We’re trying to turn atheists into missionaries.

And that’s hard.

We would be so much bigger if we focused on transfer growth. Quite frankly, that’s easy.

Think of it this way:

Imagine that someone wants to fly from Charlotte to Atlanta. When making their flight reservation, they will make a consumer decision based on flight times, costs, customer service, etc.

Getting them to switch from, say, Delta to American is easy. Just offer them a better deal, better experience and better service. Why is it easy?


Now think about someone who not only does not want to fly from Charlotte to Atlanta; they do not even like airplanes! Or airports! Or flying!

Think about what it would take to get them to book a flight, drive to the airport, park their car, go through security, wait at the gate, and sit down in seat 13C.

Like I said, transfer growth is so much easier than conversion growth. And Meck would be so much bigger if that was our focus.

And I am so glad it’s not.

I’m kind of a Great Commission guy.

I think Jesus was, too.

3. I could have avoided talking about controversial social issues and theology, and made each service a pep rally.

Many believe that the popularity and success of Billy Graham was due, in large part, to keeping his evangelistic voice without falling into a prophetic voice.

In like manner, I’ve often heard pastors, particularly of large churches, say that they do not want to speak out on the issues of the day for the sake of keeping their focus on the gospel and not alienating people on the front end.

But this would be a gross misunderstanding of not only Graham, but evangelism itself.

Graham took stands against racism and many other social ills of his day, often at great personal cost. He was an evangelist, to be sure, but the lesson he learned was not to avoid social issues, but to avoid politics. In fact, his involvement in politics early on in his ministry, particularly with Richard Nixon, proved to be one of his greatest regrets. He also learned to avoid the minor theological arguments that divided Christians – the nonessentials.

He stuck to the “mere Christianity” of C.S. Lewis.

But never at the expense of orthodoxy.

And never at the expense of social issues in general.

Graham took on the biggest issue of his day: segregation.

And he never lost his evangelistic voice along the way. In fact, his was the greatest voice of his generation.

Does this thin out the crowd? Yes, in a very Jesusy way. Do you remember what He said when the crowds got a little big about eating flesh and drinking blood? And the scriptural narrative notes that many then stopped flocking to His side?

You can almost hear the thoughts of Jesus in the background:

“So much the better.”

The goal wasn’t simply numbers.

The goal was disciples.

The goal is not to avoid offending people. It’s to offend them with the scandal of truth, the scandal of the gospel, the scandal of submission, at every appropriate point.

Jesus made it very clear that He did not come to bring peace but a sword, and rumor has it His own life did not end in a crowning but a crucifying.

And at the end, He had very few followers rallying around the foot of the cross.

But I am so glad He went there.

James Emery White

Monday, July 18, 2016

Dave's Blog on Culture and Ministry

I will be creating a separate blog for sharing what we are learning on the Cultural Battle, Helping to prepare for difficult times and Insights from ministry.  For now it needs to be combined with our personal update in Mailchimp.  We will be getting a personal ministry update out soon.  -Dave

There are two items on my heart in this post:
  • Preparing for Difficult Times 
  • An increase in spiritual attacks trying to take out leaders in areas of Relationships, Weariness and Life Threatening Health Issues.  At the end is a brief Scriptural study titled "Do Not Grow Weary."

Preparing for Difficult Times 
Like many of  you I am closely watching and praying into the growing instability, lawlessness, violence and terrorism. The American Lifestyle is now mostly given over to immorality, self-gratification, hedonism and paganism

There is a growing intolerance of lifestyle Biblical Christianity. Our legal system is becoming biased against Biblical values and justice is being perverted (Habakkuk 1:1-5).  And it is happening faster than anyone thought.

I am so saddened that so many churches, ministries and believers are just rolling over and compromising their faith in fear, moral weakness or for expediency. Expediency is defined as "...being convenient and practical despite possibly being improper or immoral."

Do not trust in political solutions..."The Arm of Flesh will Fail You, Put on the Gospel Armor..." Most politicians today speak like Absalom, saying whatever is needed to get elected or re-elected. I am shocked at how many Christians and "Christian Politicians" are compromising for expediency.
Christians should be involved in politics as righteous salty salt to help slow down corruption  in our culture, but only by being the light in this world Jesus talked about will bring any real change. The reality of being Jesus light in this world is that "everyone who does evil hates the light."  -John 3:16-21

The wickedness of our nation has come up before God. Prophetic warnings today like Jeremiah's and Jonah's are being ignored and itis my personal leading that, without a Nineveh like repentance God is sending us into a "A Season In Babylon" to wake up His church...US!

In March of 2015 I wrote: "Do you remember those stories about Daniel in the Lion’s Den; and Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego in the fiery furnace? Well…they are not just children’s Bible stories…they are for us today! America is transforming before our eyes into a spiritual Babylon like in the days of Daniel."

Like Israel we are going to be tested in our faith as never before...Read I Peter 4:12-19.

It is also important to note that, during his time in captivity, Daniel affected Babylon more than Babylon affected him! And so can we too, if we "Dare to be a Daniel..."

It is time for us followers of Jesus to do more than just quote II Chronicles 7:14.  Here it is in context:
13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
Both after the Orlando and Dallas shootings I received requests from some civic leaders as to what the churches in Omaha were doing in prayer and response. Thankfully there was a good spontaneous response from some...but many more need to be mobilizing at this time... There is an undercurrent of fear in our nation and responsible leaders are searching for real is the time to demonstrate the power of real Christlike faith. 

The future of our nation is not yet set. I feel that while we urgently call the church to repentance and righteousness in a way that transforms our culture, we also need to prepare for difficult times and increased persecution. I am working with some others on resources to help us of which is a book by Carl Gallups, a former policeman turned pastor titled "Be Thou Prepared: Equipping the Church for Persecution and Times of Trouble" ($10.88 on Amazon).

Increase Prayer for Leaders under Increased Attack:
In ministry this year we have noticed a lot of leaders are coming under increased levels of spiritual attack. The attacks are coming in various ways but especially in areas of Relationships, Weariness and Life Threatening Health Issues.

Have you noticed that there has been a significant decrease in healings in the body over the last 20 years?   Sheryl and I are currently leading a prayer team for a close friend who has ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and will be sharing more of what we are learning in future posts.

Many in the Body of Christ, especially many ministry leaders, are struggling with weariness right now, Below are some scriptures with insights I am using with leaders on weariness from my own ongoing struggle in this area. You can download it in pdf here

Dave Gehrls ~

Rev 2:3
"and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary." 
This was written to one of the seven types of churches during the last days who had persevered, endured and had not grown weary...which implies that weariness will be attacking many in the last days.

Matthew 11:28-29
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." 
When we are weary and heavy-laden Jesus encourages us to come unto Him for an exchange. If our yoke is heavy and causing weariness maybe we have taken up a task that He has not authorized or we are trying to accomplish an assignment in our own strength.

Hebrews 12:1-3
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  
When we stand with that great cloud of witnesses, with the heroes of faith, those martyred and those who suffered great persecution... how will we stand with confidence unless our commitment and sacrifice is any less than total surrender to our Lord Jesus.

Gal 6:9-10
"Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith." 
Those on your ministry team are your primary household of faith, so team members who first care and look for opportunities to do good to each other help to combat weariness and enables the whole team to better care for others and accomplish your mission.  

Some leaders are so mission focused that they miss some God's deeper leave causalities from their team cast aside in their wake. This is not God's way, and while we all need to be ready to lay down our lives, "No one left behind!" should also be true of every ministry team.

At our human best we all are clay pots with lots of cracks. God involves us in team mission because it is in the "Hothouse" of ministry that character issues surface and therein are  opportunities to becoming more Christ-like.  So in this performance based world,
while we are focused on accomplishing our mission, God is focused on what we become more than what we can do or accomplish...

...Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.  -Hebrews 12:12-13