3 Steps to More Effective Teamwork

Effective teamwork is a multiplier that transforms individual contributions.

 Effective teamwork starts with a clear and clearly stated vision. An effective team will know and be able to communicate how their particularized purpose furthers the singular purpose of the church. They will know how their function fits into the mission of the church and have a clear picture of success.

Effective teamwork requires agility and collaboration. An effective team can adapt to overcome obstacles and enjoys being involved and involving other in solving problems. They learn from mistakes and have fun.

Effective teams build trust and stay true even under pressure. An effective team understands how the people on the team approach the world. They understand how to adapt to bring out the best in each other. They also share a holy trust arises from a commitment to shared a goal.

Effective teams automate the important and use data to measure success and inform decisions. They invest time today in systems and processes that will save the team time everyday to come. They finds ways to collect data that moves past anecdotal evidence of success. The make decisions on this data instead of on the status quo.

 Where to get started?

  Discover, honor, and value what is best about the people on your teams. At Auxano we use Insights Discovery, a personality tool that uncovers how individual approach the world. Insights Discovery combines depth of insight with a simple and sticky vocabulary to talk about how to work better together.

  Challenge team members to Adapt to better serve the team. Each person’s God-given personality brings a dynamic value to the team that can adapt to either obstruct the team, or, ideally better serve the team in any given moment. This provides a way for us to offset a primary challenge to teamwork: the unique way stress can maximize a personal strength into a liability. Instead, we can challenge ourselves and others dial down our person preferences and dial up what the team needs.

  Invest in and infuse teamwork into your culture. Effective teams invest in working better together because it multiplies every contribution. An initial install maybe necessary, but the continuing conversation is where teamwork happens.

If you are interested in learning more about Insights Discovery, or about how Auxano helps church teams create break-thru clarity to realize their vision, email me at mike@auxano.com

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comment_post_ID); ?> I am a senior citizen who has lived in many areas of the US, the farthest south being Virginia DC area. There are several church plants in the area--some failed, some doing well. One of the sadist failures was a plant in NW Washington near a large Presbyterian Church (I had been an elder in the church, so I knew the area) where changes in church doctrine was driving many away from the PCUSA churches. There were many mature Christians who lived in the area who were very willing to participate and give generously to the church. Its failure was a loss. The pastor and his wife lived in a VA suburb, wanted something that would appeal to their tastes, which included "praise music". There was a professional piano teacher and several people who had sung in choirs in the area. Their suggestions were completely ignored. Forget that there was joyous participation in singing hymns and silence by many for the praise music. The experienced church leaders that were attending were expected to seek the wisdom of the pastor who did not live in the area rather than have any role in leadership. There is another church plant in Northern Virginia that seems to be going the same way. My take: the pastors should get past their high-school and college days culture and get to know and appreciate the people of the community. Do not try to reproduce Intervarsity or Campus Crusade. Hymns are not a sin and "uneducated" (never graduated from college) should not be ignored as uninformed or stupid. People who have served in and/or live in the area are needed in leadership and not just to serve coffee and give. We all need to pray together and serve God in the community in which there is to be a plant. Glenna Hendricks
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comment_post_ID); ?> I like it Mac and do agree with your opinions on the matter. Thanks much
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comment_post_ID); ?> In this era, we have the opportunity of professional church staff today who utilize their gifting to shape the image and atmosphere of the church organization. But the 100% real impact on the church visitors is genuine evidence of changed lives by the gospel and the active growing discipleship (just as it was in the first century church). One demonstration is financially rich believers ministering equally together with poor believers (how odd, and incredibly miraculous; all humble and bow at the foot of the cross.). It is the awesome contrast of church members vocations, race, gender, age, maturity, gifting, humility that demonstrates to visitors "there is a Spirit in the place". That first-time guest list of 10 are "physical excuses", not spiritual excuses. Those don't tell the story. The condition of facilities and publicly greeting people have zero to do with it. The power of God in and through believers lives dedicated to impact other people with their relationship bridge-building of acceptance of the lost around them. Empowered believers are infectious, loving, helpful, giving, self-less, dynamic, compelling, bold, Christ-filled. As I have been in many church settings domestically and internationally, the facilities can be poor, and yet the fellowship can still be rich. We need to operate with first church humility. People come to Christ on His terms, not on our human abilities of hospitality. A huge catastrophe in a community, disaster relief brings lots of people into churches – many come to the church in those terrible conditions no matter the physical condition of the local church. Off the condition of facility, and onto the condition of God's people (living stones).... and everything else will grow.... and the other physical issues will be corrected by the staff.
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