Unified Focus and Commitment to the Core Values of the Church
The Key to teamwork is having a common goal and loyalty to the values and direction of the church. Who sets the goals may differ from church to church but the principle is universal. An effective team is committed to accomplishing the goals. Team does not have the letter “I” in it. We must work as a single unit to complete a common goal.
In order for a team to be successful, every member must pull their own weight and no one must bear the burden alone.
A team must dialogue. Dialoguing means, in a group of two, two people must talk and two people must listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth for a “ratio” reason! Issues within a team should be handled through face-to-face communication. There is no sure proof of correct understanding in emails or text messages alone.
Decision-Making with Mutual Appreciation
A team should have a defined hierarchy with mutual interaction and appreciation. Teams have a coach, but not a lord or king! Joint decision-making is healthy (“In the multitude of counselors there is safety” – Proverb 11:14; 15:22; 24:6) Members of the group should be respected for their ideas and areas of expertise.
Efficient Search for Ideas
Brainstorming is one way that groups come up with possible solutions and new processes. An effective team determines problems and needs; investigates the cause/source; offers possible solutions; synthesizes the ideas and determines healthy options for the good of the body.
A Positive Attitude
Negativity is like a black hole sucking the life out of a group, but a positive attitude gives hope and passion to the situation. There are stacks of evidence revealing the benefits and motivation found in pep rallies, cheerleaders and home-field advantage. We flourish when we are cheered on, given a word of encouragement, or a simple pat on the back for a job well done.
Remember, no one man can take the place of an entire team, except maybe Peyton Manning!