Most organizations are structured into teams.
In the church this is true both for staff and volunteers. Like few other organizations, churches are teams from top to bottom. At least, they are supposed to be! People have high expectations for the relationships they will enjoy when they invest in a team in your church.
The power of the team solidifies when the contributions and value of each person is understood and everyone leverages the best of what is brought in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.
This crucial part of church culture is called Connection. And this connection goes three ways. The leader is connected to individual team members. The team members are connected to each other. And everyone is connected to the broader mission and purpose of the team.
Sounds like a lot of work. And it is! But it begins with a simple task – creating an environment for connection. And that starts with recognizing and affirming the contribution each member brings to the team.
Designing and building the right culture for the church requires forging connections that lead to a deeply held trust between people and teams. To forge trust, people must begin with awareness of self and others. This means recognizing what everyone brings to the table – their strengths, weaknesses, blind spots, passions, idiosyncrasies, and experiences.
As an empowering leader you will spend a lot of time protecting the team by providing just the right sort of environment.
This environment will major on self-discovery. In this process, team members discover that they are doing what they would already be doing anyway, even if they weren’t on the team.
It is the leader’s responsibility to provide an environment that is joyful, stimulating, challenging, and affirming…
“Look at how your unique contribution to the team is helping us to scale this mountain! We couldn’t be doing this without you and it is amazing to watch you getting better and better at what you are doing!”
How many times did you say something like this last week?
How many times can you say such words this week?