Like A Team

A Christian Resource for Teamwork Development

How Do You Get Church People To Work Together?

jethro-ministry-clip-1The Jethro Ministry journey began with a simple question, “How do you get church people to work together as a team?”  This question was the result of several other questions.

  • Why are some congregations finding it difficult to grow and prosper?
  • Why are they not using the human resources that the Lord has created within their fellowships to become powerful for the Kingdom of God?
  • Why are so many pastors and church leaders in conflict with one another?

Even though some churches would like to think that they are doing well, their character and behavior tells a different story to the world around them.  Demonic forces never need to visit many fellowships because disharmony and conflict are already present.  This behavior tells the unchurched and those who have dropped out of the church that there is a problem.  An atmosphere like this hinders many people from thinking about going back to church. Continue reading

A Teachable Heart – Part 3

In scripture, the term “heart” is used to denote a person’s inner self. The heart is the center of spiritual activity, moral understanding, and human will.

God uses the human heart to build relationships, helping you and those in your life to complete one another.

In particular, He uses a teachable heart (one receptive to God’s instruction), an understanding heart (one that cries out to God in humility and need, seeking to use strengths purposely), and an active heart (one that puts information into practice.)worship hands

An Active Heart Is Honest

Proverbs 23:12 tells us, “Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge” (ESV)

To apply is to put to use. You apply the brakes to keep your car from hitting a pedestrian in the parking lot. You apply the rules when you play Scrabble so that your competitors don’t make up words in order to gain a higher score.

God tells us to put to use the information He gives us about our strengths and the strengths of those around us. Continue reading

Internal Obstacles to Becoming Our Best

In his book Christian Coaching, Dr. Gary R. Collins brings out four internal obstacles that can hinder us from being our best.  These four obstacles can create an environment that will not allow us to be all that God wants us to be.

The following are four points in defining internal obstacles from Collins book:

“Timothy Gallwey must have been surprised when his book The Inner Game of Tennis became a bestseller.  Some of the old pros and tennis instructors weren’t enthused about his approach, but players devoured it eagerly. Gallwey argued that most good players know all about techniques, but many fail to realize “the opponent within one’s head is more formidable than the one on the other side of the net.”  His new approach involved helping players recognize then remove or reduce the internal obstacles that get in the way of performance. Only then can the game flow more smoothly and performance improve. Continue reading

A Teachable Heart – Part 2

In scripture, the term “heart” is used to denote a person’s inner self. The heart is the center of spiritual activity, moral understanding, and human will.

God uses the human heart to build relationships. In particular, He is able to use a teachable heart (Part 1), an understanding heart (Part 2), and an active heart (Part 3).

The story of King Solomon explains the value God places on an understanding heart.

When God gave King Solomon the opportunity to ask for anything he desired, the king answered, “Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong” (1 Kings 3:9, NLT)

So pleased was God with Solomon’s request that He granted him not only an understanding heart, but riches and honor, too (1 Kings 3). Continue reading