Five Components of Healthy Teams

Are you setting up your leadership team for one of your campuses next year?
Are you putting in place a team that would lead a summer ministry on a campus?
Are you commissioning a new missional team to launch in another community on campus or on a new campus?
In every situation there are critical components necessary for the proper functioning of that team in order to realize the vision.

I happen to ride recently with Barry Rush, Global Leadership Development Team, and we were talking about training and the skills needed to lead and develop teams.  Certainly there are things to be said about

  • team function (purpose, roles, etc.),
  • team processes (strategic planning, effective meetings, problem solving, decision making processes), and
  • team communication (communication skills, conflict resolution).

But very often the success or failure of a team depends upon the relational aspects of leading.  That is the focus of today’s tip.  Barry and his team unpack Ephesians 4:1-32, identifying five components of healthy teams.  I asked if I could pass this on to you.

Five Components of Healthy Teams

1.  Individuals growing in character.

  • Ephesians 4:1-2
  • How would it be if each person on our teams were characterized by humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance and love?

2.  Commitment to unity.

  • Ephesians 4:3-6, 16
  • Consider ways that each person can contribute to the unity of the team.

3.  Valuing gifts and appreciating differences.

  • Ephesians 4:7,11-13
  • Every team member needs to be known as a person, to be needed, to be involved and give input, and to know their role in the mission.

4.  Speaking the truth in love.

  • Ephesians 4:15
  • If members of a team consistently practiced ‘speaking the truth in love”, how would that change the team?

5.  Using the language of kindness.

  • Ephesians 4:32
  • Do we use sarcasm?  Do we withdraw?  Do we use passive-aggressive humor to attack others?  Does our body language communicate something other than kindness?

It turns out there is one more component, forgiveness!

  • Forgiveness is foundational to healthy teams and helps members move beyond mistakes or problems in relationships.

In a world where jockeying for position, blame shifting and cottage industries of hostility are the norm of the day, such healthy teams will take work.  But there is something very attractive about such teams.  Jesus said that we would be a powerful witness to others.  “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:32 NIV


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