PRACTICAL BIBLICAL GUIDANCE


TEAM WORK

INTRODUCTION

T.E.A.M. = Together, Each Accomplishes More!

Teamwork, and Team spirit are Intentional, not accidental. 3 Elements:
1.) Compelling Purpose ("Is there not a cause?" 1 Sam 17:29, "Vision…" Prov 28:19)
2.) Clear Communication ("If the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who will rise to battle? 1 Cor 14:8)
3.) Code of Common Values ("I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God." Rom 1:12)

T = TRUST

Would you follow someone you don't trust? A trust-worthy testimony (example) is based on:
1-) Competence "Make full proof of thy ministry." (2 Tim 4:5)
2-) Consistency (Faithful attendance, Punctuality, Reasonable Responses)
a.) "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Heb 13:5)
b.) "…To have a conscience void of offense toward God and man." (Acts 24:16)
c.) "Christ enabled me, counting me faithful, putting me into the ministry." (1 Tim 1:12)
3-) Loyalty "There should be no schism,…members should care for eachother." (1 Cor 12:25)
4-) Delegation (Empowerment) "Ordain elders in every city." (Titus 1:5) Also: Moses. Spiritual Gifts.

E = EFFICIENCY

Be efficient. / Question the purpose and effectiveness of each activity. / Take time to relax and re-charge.
"Redeeming the time, for the days are evil." - Eph 5:16.

A = AFFIRMATION

A smile, or word of encouragement, goes a long way, especially in times of trials.
1-) Commend their efforts. (Praise loyalty & service.)
a.) The hard-driving apostle Paul opened his letters with affirmation for both the spiritually strong, and the spiritually weak. (1 Thes 1:2-4, and 1 Cor 1:2-9).
b.) Joses of Cypress was re-named Barnabus (meaning son-of-encouragement) for his edifying character.
2-) Appreciate their uniqueness. (1 Cor 12:13-14: many members, one body.)
3-) Value their ideas. "In multitude of counselors, there is safety." (Prov 11:14)

M = MANAGEMENT OF MISTAKES

4 Key Elements: Accountability. Instruction. Restoration (Forgiveness.) Growth (not defeat).
"If we confess (acknowledge in full) our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us & cleanse us." (1 Jn 1:9)
"A just man falls down seven times and rises up again." (Prov 24:16)
Keep in mind: Busy people make more mistakes than lazy people.
Tell your people: You can make as many mistakes as you want, as long as you don't repeat any.

W = WORKING WITH STAFF (or Team or Family)

"For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying…" (Eph 4:12-15)
Have them fill-in-the-blanks on four questions:
I've made progress in (--). I'm struggling with (--). I need a decision from you on (--). I'm thankful for

O = OPEN COMMUNICATION

"Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful." (Prov 27:6. &see Prov13:17)
Barriers to Communication:
1-) PRIDE - "It's all about me." (Gk: "Tuphoo" = "smoked blind with pride." 1 Tim 3:6). Leads to:
2-) Foolish Presumptions Like These- There's only one way to see a problem. Everyone feels like me (or should). I know everyone's hidden motives. Only I can do this right. That person will never change.
3-) Hasty, impatient decisions. And 4-) Disaster. "Pride comes before destruction, …" (Prov 16:18)

R = RECOGNITION & REWARD

"Render honor to whom honor is due." (Rom 13:7)
Similar to "Affirmation", but beyond. Let them enjoy the fruit of their labors. Don't hog it for yourself.
The more credit you give to others, the more empowered they are. Rebuke in private, praise in public.

K = KEEP LEARNING

"The heart of the prudent gets knowledge, and the ear of the wise listens for instruction." (Prov 18:15)
"I count not myself to have apprehended. I press on…" (Phil 3:13-14)
"Let he who would be chief among you: SERVE!" (Luke 22:26)

 


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