How do you create a really powerful team in your church?
Leading the Team-Based Church: How Pastors and Church Staff Can Grow Together into a Powerful Fellowship of Leaders by George Cladis, is an interesting work for church leaders. This book was among the earlier publications on team-based ministry and was intended to introduce the concept to congregations unaware of its importance in modern Christianity. Its well thought out development of the ideas behind team-based ministry makes it a book that anyone interested in team-based ministry today will want to include in their collection.
The book begins with a study of the biblical background for team-based ministry and includes an interesting understanding of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit relationship. Next it provides a description of how team-based ministry fits postmodern culture. Nine key characteristics of postmodern culture are listed which are examined in detail. This is an exceptionally well written chapter that provides the reader with a much greater depth of understanding of the role of Christianity in the world today. Part Two of the book is about building graceful ministry teams. It describes in detail how to build a strong church leadership team around seven fundamental attributes of successful leaders. In the Epilogue, Cladis cautions those interested in team-based ministry to be patient and persistent. Change occurs slowly in Christianity, but really powerful team ministry is an important step into the future.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.