How do you get and show this trust?
Be Regular – Trust takes time. People are always weary at first. To gain trust with the people in your ministry you need to be regular in how you respond to things. Over time, when people see how you react to situations, in a calm and cool manner, they will see you are trustworthy and capable to take care of most things. If you are hot and cold in your responses, people will take longer to trust. You also need to tell your face that others can see it. I struggle with this one because my wife tells me I always look so serious. People need to be able to read you and people need to be able to see where you are coming from and why you made certain decisions. One of our worship pastors always says, “If you’re happy and you know it, tell your face!”
Faithfulness – You need to show faith in your team and they in you. Loyalty is huge in trust being faithful earns it. I always want and expect our team to praise publically even when being criticized, then privately check the facts later just in case a conversation is warranted later. I always want to assume the best of my team and I hope they assume the best of me. This also means no gossip. It’s a cancer to a team. Just like cancer, it needs to be taken out quickly. Nothing will kill loyalty and faithfulness quicker.