I‘ve previously written about the benefits of utilizing teams, how to cultivate nutritious organizational soil that promotes team growth and development, and the importance of aligning personal and team purpose. Of course, even though you believe in the power of teams, possess an aligned team purpose, and fertilize the environmental soil like crazy, if your organization’s values are out of step, there’s no way your teams can thrive. Your entrenched organizational values will squelch any movement toward teams.
As I thought about essential values for teams to thrive, particularly in church and ministry environments, I thought of George Barna’s book The Power of Team Leadership.
Here is an excellent list of some Biblical values he suggests your church (or ministry organization) cultivate to encourage successful teams:
- Promote the identification, application, and use of personal spiritual gifts (I Corinthians 12:4-8)
- Gear all ministry efforts toward advancing God’s Kingdom, not individual or splinter group priorities (Matthew 6:33)
- Do all work with excellence, as worship to God (Colossians 3:23)
- Insist that the body of Christ work in collaboration, not competition (Matthew 20:20-28). For more, see my recent post on competition that matters.
- Resource and support people working cooperatively rather than isolated individuals (Acts 6:1-7)
- Rely upon on multiple leaders rather than a single leader, at all levels of leadership (Acts 15:1-22)
- Judge not only ministry results, but also the processes by which those outcomes are achieved (Revelation 3:1-3).
Think about your church’s values.
- Do they truly support teams? Or do they privilege the gifted, anointed, special individual?
- Do you really believe that everyone possesses spiritual gifts necessary for your body to function well?
- Do you rely on multiple leaders for each ministry area or department, or does responsibility fall on one person’s shoulders?
Be candid with yourself (and maybe your team), and take a few minutes to explore how your values might need some tuning to support your teams.
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