Building Healthy Team Spirit

Ron Edmondson is one of my favoriate pastor-bloggers. If you are interested in leadership, specifically as a minister or church leader, you need to add his blog to your Google reader list.

One thing I also respect about Ron is that he has a very successful ministry at a cutting-edge church, however he has recently begun the process of going to an older existing (and smaller) church to help them “turnaround.”

I believe in church planting, and I think there are far too few churches for the number of lost people, however, if pastors only go to new church starts, the existing churches (who have the history and tradition that have brought us to where we are today) will die a slow painful death. Kudo’s Ron!

Here is part of a great postabout elements that help build a healthy team spirit:

  • An understanding of the overall goals and objectives of the team-When the big picture objective is understood each team member is more willing to pull together to accomplish the mission because they know their purpose.
  • Healthy team relationships- For a team to have team spirit it needs to be filled with team members who actually like each other.
  • Fun times – A team needs time just to have fun together.
  • Team members who value the mission and the team – Some people are not team players. They may be great people, but they would work better outside a team environment.
  • A “we are in this together” attitude as a team – Healthy teams are those where its members are willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish the mission. There are no turf wars on a healthy team. (For more on this concept, read my previous post HERE.)
  • Team leadership that embraces the team environment – Some leaders lead best from the penthouse suite environment. They give orders well, but do not really enjoy playing the game with the team. Team leadership requires involvement.

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I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
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