Like A Team

A Christian Resource for Teamwork Development

Like A Team - A Christian Resource for Teamwork Development

Why Are Some Churches Cold?

cold-churchFirst, let me start by saying that the majority of churches I have attended in my life have been very warm and embracing places.  My experiences in church have, for the most part, been healthy experiences.  However, I have been in a bunch of different churches.

When your grandfather, father, father-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, a cousin’s husband and a cousin, have all been in church ministry you see the large world of Christian congregations out there.  There are a lot of churches on this planet and I have only seen a small portion of them.  However,  I have seen a trend in many congregations that I wish I had never experienced.  The term I use to describe this experience is “cold.”   Continue reading

Characteristics of Paul as a Communicator

The New Testament is saturated with the communication skills of the Apostle Paul.  Paul was a skilled strategist in his leadership style of conveying information, truth and guidance.

Paul, who first went by the name Saul, before his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, proved himself to be a strong communicator and leader before and after his conversion to the Christian faith.  This fact can be seen in an earlier chapter of the book of Acts.

“Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.” (Acts 9:21-22

Paul also was a communicator to those outside of the Jewish faith who had no knowledge of God. When Paul visited the city of Athens and saw the idolatry of the city it burdened his heart.  As he preached in the synagogue and spoke in the market place, he was approached by some scholars to come and present this new teaching their assembly.

Paul’s gift of communicating to those who were not familiar with the Christian faith is very skillful.  When Paul arrived to present the Gospel he said, Continue reading

Characteristics of Paul as an Encourager

Apostle Paul, the EncouragerA couple of years ago I posted a blog about the leadership characteristics of Jesus.   That post was founded upon the Gospel of Mark that begins by telling the reader about 9 behaviors of Jesus as a leader.  When reading the first chapter of Mark there are some distinctive traits of Christ that every team leader can learn from!  These characteristics of leadership can be very powerful for anyone attempting to be a healthy leader.

The Apostle Paul is another New Testament leader that shows some very significant skills.  There are thirteen epistles in the New Testament that have been attributed to Paul.   With this type of influence in his writing and his missionary journeys, Paul is a major force in the development of the early church.  That is why it is important to consider his actions as a strong leader.

One of the powerful behaviors of the Apostle Paul was that of an encourager.   A severe conflict had taken place between the Christians and those who worshiped idols in the town of Ephesus.  The book of Acts tells this story in chapter 19. Continue reading

7 Components of Church Leadership Development

7-components-of-church-leadership-developmentIn his book, A Journey of Faith and Hope, Carlisle Driggers points out 7 components of  development that are needed for church leadership.  These components, according to Dr. Driggers, were composed by Dr. Reggie McNeal.  Reggie was brought onto the team of the South Carolina Baptist Convention to head up the first Leadership Development Department.

Here are the seven convictions that guided the development of  Reggie McNeal and the South Carolina Baptist Convention Leadership Development Team.

  1. “The current leadership crisis/vacuum threatens the viability of the church to fulfill its missions in this culture.
  2. Leadership, in its current form, is not just the solution; it is part of the problem.
  3. Most church leaders have not been trained specifically for leadership.  The prevailing credentialing processes (call examination, ordination, seminary education), are just beginning to take leadership into consideration.
  4. Traditional training efforts for church leaders have trained mechanics and operators in church programming and maintenance with the assumption that the same skills that worked in the past will continue to be effective.
  5. Most pastors and church leaders do not feel prepared for the leadership challenges they face.
  6. A new model of church leader is emerging that promises some correction to the leadership challenge we face.  This new model of leader is an apostolic model.  The emerging apostolic leader reflects the fact that leaders of the 21st century face a religious and cultural landscape similar to that encountered by the first leaders of the Christian movement.  Globalism, religious pluralism, the collapse of institutional religion, and widespread spiritual awakening are some of the parallels.  The apostolic leader has the following characteristics: visionary, kingdom-conscious, entrepreneurial, team oriented, developer of people, missional, and genuinely spiritual.  This kind of leader is being trained by new tribe pastors, parachurch organizations, consultants, and the business culture (particularly with its ability to understand the culture at large).  Many apostolic leaders are being called directly from business careers into ministry.  Seminary training is increasingly optional.  Apostolic leaders pay attention to four basic areas of leadership concerns (1) Paradigm issues – how they see the world. (2) Micro-skill development – visioning, team-building, communications skills, leading change and transition, etc. (3) Resource issues – prayer, people, facilities, finances, time, technology. (4) Spiritual formation – tending to issues of personal and spiritual growth.
  7. A new kind of leader will require new leadership development processes. (A Journey of Faith, pages 94-96)”

What are your thoughts on these seven components of church leadership development?

Dale Roach

Chuck Colson’s Advice on Leadership Development

Chuck Colson's Advice on Leadership DevelopmentAccording to Chuck Colson, America is suffering from a weakness in political and Christian leadership.  This weakness has grown due to a culture that has become hostile to the Christian faith.

How can the followers of Jesus respond to this type of environment?

Here are four suggestions that Colson gives

1.  A well-formed biblical world view that understand the culture is essential. We have to know what the secular mind is thinking. We have to understand the environment around us.

2.  Show people a great vision.  People will give their lives for a purpose greater than themselves.

3. Equip your followers.  We have to care for those we lead enough to train them and invest in their lives.

4.  Do not tell people what to do but encourage them to follow you.  “Follow me” was the first thing Jesus told his disciples to do.  Leading the way is key.


Does the Bible Teach Teamwork?

9781462751662_COVER.indd“The Bible gives references to the benefits of sharing responsibilities with others (Gal. 6:2; Rom.15:1, New American Standard Bible).   This sharing of responsibilities and teamwork goes as far back as the creation of Adam and Eve when God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” (Gen. 2:18, New American Standard bible)  This scripture applies to much more than Adam’s need for a helper or a teammate.  From the beginning God intended that a man would live, play, and work with a helper.  This act of God is a reflection of the Trinitarian nature of the Godhead. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are a strong indication that the Creator believes in working together.  Mankind is the creation of God who exists in an eternal triune community.  Scripture does not support the notion of someone being isolated in God’s creative order.” (The Jethro Ministry, Dale Roach, page 18)

Can Older Congregations Grow?

can-older-congregations-growThere are many opinions floating around pertaining to church growth and church health.  Some people do not believe that older, established, congregations have any hope for the future.  In fact, there are some that believe that the starting of a “new church” is healthier and more productive than trying to “resurrect” an older established congregation.

There was a time in my ministry that I may have believed in many of the statements above, however, over three decades of church involvement, my attitude has changed.  I have come to believe that older congregations can be revitalized. Continue reading