Each week our Lead Pastor, John, brings articles to the forefront for us to discuss and learn from. This one is from REV! Magazine (Sept/Oct 2007) entitled, “Overcoming the 5 dysfunctions of Ministry Teams” by Nancy Ortberg. Here’s the highlights:
1. Absence of Trust
Trust isn’t some touchy-feely concept – it’s a practical, actionable component of leadership that allows for teams to make better and faster decisions, directly affecting results.
2. Fear of Conflict
Conflict is basically energy, and when it is not dealt with directly, it leaks out eslewhere.
If we’re passionate about our churches, we will fearlessly engage in conflict so that the church can resolve issues and move forward toward a shared vision.
3. Lack of Commitment
Have you ever gone to a meeting, enduring the meeting, and left the meeting without really knowing what, if anything, got decided? [by the way, yes!]
A mediocre strategy well implemented is better than a great strategy poorly implemented.
4. Avoidance of Accountablility
Holding people accountable is hard work, and it’s not usually fun.
Leadership is about promises, and when we make and keep them – and expect each other to do the same – we live out our leadership with integrity.
Churches may have well-run departments, but I want the worship leader to care about the parking lot attendants, and those that lead small groups to care about the sermon, and the children’s minister to care about world missions.
5. Inattention to Results
When businesses have quarterly loss, they talk about poor return on investment. In churches we tend to “spiritualize” ministry failures…
Few of us wake up in the morning only praying for our oatmeal. Most of us move to cook the oatmeal.
We were asked to share our biggest weakness with one out of the 5. I’ll tell you mine, but you tell me yours first. Suffice to say this, today’s staff meeting really spoke to my heart and changed me.