Like A Team

A Christian Resource for Teamwork Development

Like A Team - A Christian Resource for Teamwork Development

Were You There on Easter?

Were-you-there-on-EasterWere you there on Easter?

The Christian Easter message has a powerful story for the world to hear!

After his crucifixion Jesus was placed in a tomb that was given to him by one of his rich followers.  After three days some of the women, who were his followers, went to the tomb to tend to the body of Jesus.  When they came to the graveside they found that the tomb had been opened and the body of Jesus was not there.  The Gospel of Mark says,

“As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.  ”Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ” (Mark 16:5-7)

Were you there?

Scripture About the Easter Story

Matthew 27:33-37

They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).  There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.  When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.  And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.  Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is Jesus, the king of the Jews. 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-colsonAccording 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

45 Great Leadership Development Quotes

45-Great-Leadership-Development-QuotesWhat creates great leaders?  What behavior is needed for one to become an influencing leader?  Here are 45 great leadership development quotes to consider.

1.   Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.  Albert Schweitzer

2.   To lead people, walk behind them.  Lao Tzu

3.   One of the fundamental aspects of leadership, I realized more and more, is the ability to instill confidence in others when you yourself are feeling insecure.  Howard Schultz

4.   He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leaderAristotle

5.   Children are more influenced by sermons you act than by sermons you preach.  David McKay

6.   The real leader has no need to lead, he is content to point the way.  Henry Miller

7.   The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.  Kenneth H. Blanchard Continue reading

15 Great Resurrection Quotes

15-Great-Resurrection-QuotesR. A. Torrey

The Crucifixion loses its meaning without the Resurrection. Without the Resurrection the death of Christ was only the heroic death of a noble martyr; with the Resurrection it is the atoning death the Son of God. It shows that death to be of sufficient value to cover our sins, for it was the sacrifice of the Son of God.”

 

H.A. Ironside

The Gospel is the Gospel of the Risen Christ. There would be no Gospel for sinners if Christ had not been raised.

 

Adrian Rogers

The resurrection is not merely important to the historic Christian faith; without it, there would be no Christianity. It is the singular doctrine that elevates Christianity above all other world religions.

 

John MacArthur

If Christ was not raised, His death was in vain, your faith in Him would be
pointless, and your sins would still be counted against you with no hope of spiritual life. Continue reading

Apostle Paul’s Advice for Team Development

jethro-ministryIn the development of healthy, strong teamwork, leaders must convey a clear understanding that teams are a powerful human resource of varied talents.  Groups of diverse individuals brought together whether as employees, volunteers, or church organizations create powerful resources.  Although this creation is true there is a challenge that faces every team in its early stages.  A leader’s challenge must focus on the discovery of the personal talents of those on the team.  This discovery of talents was the goal of the New Testament Church leader, the Apostle Paul.

One of the greatest challenges for developing a strong team is finding out what makes every person on the team “tick.”   Some people are born knowing what they want to do in life.  Their purpose in life does not have to be explained or defined for them.  Others have great skills and talents but simply do not know what to do with their abilities.  If a group is going to be healthy and strong there must be a process of talent discovery.

Talent discovery is not an easy process, but talents can be revealed by asking a few basic questions.  Here are just a few questions to consider when helping someone find their place on the team.

  • Is this person a people person?
  • Is this person a project person?
  • Is this person a product person?
  • Is this person a problem solving person?

These questions may sound very simple and very basic, but these four questions can help any leader in clarifying what the members of the team enjoy doing the most?  One of the worst experiences of any organization is to place someone in a place where they simply do not belong.  Another problem is to expect one person to be all four of the “talents” listed above.  Strong teams are made up of various people with different skills working for a common purpose. The discovery of talents for any team takes time, effort, and a great deal of patience.  
A good leader knows this.