Have you experienced church teams where there is as much division as in any other team despite the fact that we are meant to be "contending for the Gospel" together. Wouldn't you love for things to be different?
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul writes:
"The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body... in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be"
While this was probably written as an encouragement toward unity among the church in Corinth, it is as true for our church teams today; whether those are ministry teams, PCC, Elders or steering teams.
Whether you are an existing and long-standing team, or a new team just starting out, our interactive workshop enables you to learn more about yourself and your fellow workers in the Gospel, so that you can focus on bringing Glory to God through your ministry.
In fact, here's a story from one of them:
Mike Cain, Senior Pastor at Emmanuel Church, Bristol, used us to run such a workshop for the new Emmanuel Ministry team. He said:
"I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but the day with Jonathan turned out to be more valuable than I could have imagined."
This is so often the case.
Expectations of a 'team-building' session are influenced by previous experience (or stories of such) of days away from work having fun doing things like clay-pigeon shooting or 4x4 driving or even camping under a starry summer sky. While these events might improve the sense of well-being in the team, they don't address any of the key challenges that teams face.
We believe that fundamental to these challenges lies a need for deeper mutual understanding and better tools for having difficult discussions.
"As a team, we had a rough sense of one another’s strengths and weaknesses but I think we were in danger of sometimes being both baffled and frustrated by the different ways in which we tended to approach things.
This too is also often the case.
To address it, we use a tried-and-tested, research-based profiling tool (not MBTI !) as the foundation of a half-day workshop during which participants learn more about themselves and one another and build a 'team map' and then explore that. This is always an interesting time for a team as they begin to understand one another better together:
"Jonathan helped us to see what makes each member of the team tick. It was like a light had been switched on. The tools he gave us helped us to make sense of one another’s motives and tendencies".
Once the team understands their unique 'fingerprint' we spend time exploring what that might mean for them and the challenges that they might face in the future.
"On a basic level it has meant that we have been much better at sharing out responsibilities according to people’s strengths, but more excitingly it has helped us to enjoy and value our differences rather than being frustrated by them."
In fact, Mike and his team have swapped responsibilities around to maximise success and it seems to have made all the difference:
"There is no question that the sort of insight that the day gave us into each of our temperaments has lifted our working together as a team onto a new level."
You may be wondering if this is heavy and dull. I'll let Mike finish:
"Aside from anything else, the day was great fun and Jonathan seemed to have an uncanny knack for asking just the right questions to get us talking to one another and about one another in ways that made us laugh and really brought us closer together.”
In fact, we've repeated the workshop with all the Emmanuel teams, including annual 'refreshers' almost every Autumn when the ministry team membership changes.
If you're interested in finding out more, you'll find a video to the right of this page.
To explore moving your church team forward, drop us a message today and we will phone you back as soon as we can.
God Bless you in your work for Him.
Your brother in the Lord Jesus,
Thanks for today, really helpful stuff as ever. Great to see you playing so obviously to your strong suit too.
As you're working through the material, keep picturing the real life situations in which you will be applying these principles - so it doesn't stay merely in the abstract world of ideas. My main takeaway was: Be specific in feedback.
Thank-you for a great staff day..extremely illuminating..gave me a vocabulary to talk about the outworking of my temperament in my relationships with others...your extraordinary ability to ask the right questions that get us thinking along fresh lines. Superb.
It has been a game changer for us as a team. There have been times when things have gone wrong and we haven't been quite sure why. The workshop helped to identify those things and has given us the tools to fix them. It has made us much better at celebrating our differences rather than being tripped up by them. My main take-away is that with trust you can push through just about any challenge together - and it was especially helpful to identify the things that build trust and the things that break them.
Thank-you for an excellent day today... cant think of how we could have better started our time as a team together.
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