How to Increase Team Unity!

Posted on: April 3, 2019

Do you work in a nonprofit? Chances are pretty good that you are blessed to work with a group of talented individuals with amazing and sacrificial hearts! 

The world-changing work you accomplish every day can’t be done without a dedicated, passionate and unified team! It’s beautifully fulfilling and rewarding work… that can definitely come at a cost. Due to the high amount of job stress you face daily, some of the biggest threats to the health and effectiveness of your team are disunity, discouragement, and burnout

One relatively easy way you can encourage and strengthen your team is through a yearly staff getaway. Let’s talk about WHY you should consider a staff retreat, as well as a few quick tips on how to create one that serves your organization well!

Why a Staff Retreat?

  1. Bless your staff. A restful getaway can be a gesture of appreciation and thanks! 
  2. Build unity & teamwork. Have fun together and strengthen relationships! In a survey by Robert Half Management Resources, CFO’s said the single greatest benefit from adding staff retreats was increased teamwork and morale.
  3. Refresh the vision & strategize. Stepping away from your regular office surroundings will help to move the focus from daily tasks to yearly vision casting.

5 Tips To Implement a Staff Retreat:

  1. Don’t go too far! Keep it within driving distance… that way those with families, small children and busy schedules can come and go as works for them!
  2. Be clear. What is the purpose of the retreat? What are your expectations for your staff? Provide a schedule of events if you’ll be keeping them busy.
  3. Budget problems? Don’t have the budget to send your staff on a weekend getaway? Reach out to a community member and let them know of your need. Get a donor to donate a weekend at their vacation home! We all know that donors love giving to specific causes! 
  4. Time limits? Can’t get away for the weekend? Go just for a day! Travel to a nearby town and treat your staff to fun lunch and afternoon activity, like mini-golfing, bowling, painting, etc. GET CREATIVE!
  5. Bring in an outside guest to facilitate! Maybe a pastor, speaker, friend, fellow director of a similar ministry etc. This will allow the Executive Director the freedom from facilitating so they can just soak in the retreat time as well.

We know the concept of a staff retreat is not particularly new or mind-blowing. Additionally, a staff retreat cannot replace the daily kindnesses and thoughtful leadership a healthy team requires. But there is something particularly valuable and unifying that can happen with a group of people when they are at REST and removed from the work environment. In turn, this can make the work of your nonprofit and ministry that much more effective.

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We’d love to hear from you – how do you encourage growth with your staff? How do you prioritize and minister to your team? Comment below and let us know! We’d love to hear your tips and tricks for healthy team growth. If you have any further questions or comments feel free to contact us @MinistrySync on Instagram or Facebook or email us at  


Amanda Rappe 

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This article was inspired by our customers and written to encourage your fundraising efforts. Although we work with ministries and events daily, our team members are not Event Consultants. We encourage you to consult with your event consultant, executive team, and/or affiliate organization before making any major changes to your events. 

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