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on TEAM-BUILDING

Have you ever watched a pianist move his fingers in perfect synchronization, running arpeggios up and down the keys of the piano? Each finger, ligament, muscle and joint work together to create a symphony of beautiful harmony.

 

Few things are more beautiful to God than seeing His people serve together in a united harmony and rhythm. Strong teamwork isn’t that hard to figure out, unless, you know, you’re working with humans. Need some help with teams?

 

39) UNWRAPPING GOD’S GIFTS

Our North American culture promotes individualism and competition in numerous ways. We often bring the assumptions that accompany these values into ministry. Is there a way of thinking about teaming that comes straight out of Scripture? This workshop introduces an interrelated model on spiritual gifts, personality profile and team roles. This workshop guide is best used in three different settings. Facilitators’ manual is also available. (The following three workshops represent an expansion of this workshop.)

 

 

40) SHARPENING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS

The two greatest difficulties in the church today are wasted energy and unused potential. Some folks come to church privately longing to be involved in the life of the church somehow but have little direction on how to begin. Participants in this workshop will discover and discuss ways to develop their spiritual gifting!

 

 

 

41) SHARPENING YOUR PERSONALITY PROFILE

We tend to cause tension in other people’s lives by what we do or don’t do. In other words, just because our personalities are different we can be a source of tension just by showing up. Our behavior may not be right or wrong in a specific situation, but because it’s different we create tension. And conflict. Wouldn’t it help to know exactly what we’re doing that creates this tension? Scripture offers us a model of how to understand ourselves and others and develop the versatility necessary for healthy relating and effective ministry.

 

 

42) SHARPENING YOUR TEAM ROLES

It takes more than titles and job descriptions to make a team. A true team is a body of individuals, each of whom has a unique role which is understood and valued by all the other members. Members of a team will seek out the specific roles they perform most effectively—roles that are most natural to them. Scripture offers us a way of thinking about team so we can discover and develop our God-given team roles.

 

 

 

43) SHARPENING YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE

Leadership style is the approach we take of providing direction, implementing plans, and motivating people. The three basic styles are consultative, free-rein and directive. Scripture offers us a way to adapt ourselves to use any of three styles, depending on what forces are involved between the followers, the leader, and the situation.

 

 

44) MEETING YOUR TEAM’S INTER-PERSONAL NEEDS

Sometimes building team can be more complex than one realizes. Each team member typically has needs for inclusion, control, and affection that can shape his interactions with others, but they don’t always verbalize this. This workshop increases the chances of a person's needs being met and helps them manage their impact on others. It can also help them understand what type of workplace they thrive in—a powerful way of keeping them engaged and fulfilled.

 

 

45) GROWING A HEALTHY TEAM CULTURE

Teamwork in most committees and boards often takes hard work. Teams struggle because they unknowingly fall prey to six natural pitfalls. These, in many ways are the six greatest challenges of relationship. Since these challenges are so inter-related, susceptibility to even one of them is potentially lethal for the success of the team. (The following six workshops represent an expansion of this workshop.)

 

46) HIGH TRUTH

We want to be liked. We sometimes choose our words and actions based on how we want others to react rather than based on what they really think. We try to hide our drawbacks from one another. We hesitate to ask for help or provide constructive feedback. It’s the most elementary challenge any team faces. It’s about building high truth.

 

 

 

47) HIGH TRUST

Have you noticed how easy it is to jump to conclusions about the intentions of others without attempting to clarify them? We waste time and energy managing our behaviors for effect. We struggle to give each other the benefit of the doubt before arriving at a negative conclusion. Offering feedback and assistance feels a bit risky some days. Building high trust is the second toughest challenge of most any team.

 

48) LOW FEAR OF CONFLICT

Conflict is taboo on many Christian teams. Many of us have been taught to avoid the kind of passionate debates that are essential to any effective team. There’s a big difference between constructive conflict over ideas and destructive quarrelling with interpersonal politics. It’s time to learn how to coach one another to not retreat from intense conversation or healthy debate.

 

 

49) HIGH COMMITMENT

Fog. Little opportunity to buy-in. Windows of opportunity close. These are the most common reasons for teams that struggle with commitment. Would you like this to change? You don’t have to tolerate the fog. You can change the commitment level of your team from the inside out!

 

50) HIGH ACCOUNTABILITY

We’re familiar with the phrase hold them accountable. In the bigger picture, accountability is the willingness of team members to walk alongside their peers, alerting them on behaviors that might hurt the team. It’s the willingness of team members to initiate a difficult conversation. Learn how to empower your team to be its own primary accountability mechanism.

 

 

51) HIGH ATTENTION TO DIRECTION

Every team is headed somewhere. Describe where your team is headed. Many teams simply do not know where they’re headed,  and many of those are probably headed to decline and death. It doesn’t have to be this way. Perhaps it’s time to walk your team through a process of defining your direction and designing ways to keep it in focus.

 

 

52) VIRTUAL TEAMING

There is no such thing as boundaries in time and space in today’s ministry environment. Virtual teams around the world use technologies such as internet, mobile phones, social media and other groupware to serve together on projects. The major drawback is a high failure rate. This workshop presents the 90/10 Rule, emphasizing how a virtual team’s success is based 90% on the people involved and 10% on the technology. Participants learn the seven basic steps every virtual team must take to achieve their results.