Ministry Lessons from the US Navy SEALs – Teamwork, Training, and Excellence

How can we as youth ministers and volunteers continue to perform at our best even when we are “wet and sandy” i.e. tired, bored, frustrated, annoyed…

chad senuta


For years I’ve been fascinated by the US Navy SEALs. Undoubtedly, most are familiar with this elite group of warriors and some of their high profile missions. But you’re probably already asking “What could these gun toting commandos possibly have to do with youth ministry?” Hang with me.

Any investigation of the Navy SEALs will uncover the intense focus this group places on teamwork, training, and excellence under pressure. Navy SEAL units are very intentionally called “Teams” rather than squads or platoons. And their training places utmost importance on each soldier working for the good of the team rather than the individual. One training exercise called “gear soup” puts all of the team’s gear in a small pool. Disorganized, scattered, and soaking wet, all soldiers have to retrieve their gear and prepare for their team’s mission under a time limit. Soldiers who look for their own gear first wind up doing extra PT…

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