Leadership

The One Secret for Getting Your Team to Shine

You can attend every Exponential conference, read every church growth book, change your churchy language to a secular friendly dialect, install the latest and greatest AVL gadgetry, wear hip clothes on the platform and know the Hill Song catalogue by heart – it doesn’t matter.


George Cladis  ·  January 16, 2018

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Years ago, I wrote a book entitled Leading the Team-Based Church. Whatever in that book was right, wrong or otherwise heretical, it had a core proposition that continues to prove itself true in my life and work. I observed,

After twenty years of ministry involving a lot of trial and error, I have come to a rock-solid conviction that has revolutionized my ministry: if a church is to succeed in carrying out a healthy ministry and developing a good Christian community there must be stable and high-quality relationships among the members of the principal leadership team.

This is simply true.

You can attend every Exponential conference, read every church growth book, change your churchy language to a secular friendly dialect, install the latest and greatest AVL gadgetry, wear hip clothes on the platform and know the Hill Song catalogue by heart – it doesn’t matter.

It all begins with the condition of the soul of you, and that of your team.

And while my quote is about the principle leadership team, it is also about all our teams such as those led by executive pastors, directors, coordinators and whatever else you call your team leaders. This advice is for anyone with a team!

C.S. Lewis wrote about “the difference between paint, which is merely laid on the surface, and a dye or stain which soaks right through.”2 He was speaking of the Life of Christ. Is it soaking in or merely like paint and laying on the surface?

I serve my church as an executive pastor and I lead a team of pastors and directors. We desire to grow our ministries. We feel led to be an outreaching church with ministries that reach into our community with the love and affection of Jesus. We have studied tons about how to do this, attended the conferences, adopted the language, know the drills and can recite the mantras of how to do contemporary church.

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