This past Thursday, our team gathered for our monthly All Staff meeting and discussed the topic of collaboration. With a growing number of members, this is a continual conversation to determine the best way to work together. We are going to bring the highlights of that meeting to our listeners this month and share our best tips for collaboration within your teams. Let’s get started!
There are eight keys to effective collaboration. Today, we are going to focus in on the first three.
We become part of a working entity with a shared purpose.
The key here is a shared purpose. The best way to motivate a team and foster collaboration is having a shared problem to solve. Everybody on the team must be aware of the problem and be involved in solving it.
Across multiple teams, confusion can lead to competition when the ministry’s purpose becomes blurred between departments. Competition is not always a bad thing, however, it becomes detrimental when we lose sight of the corporate purpose or problem to solve.
The clearer the vision, the easier it is to keep multiple teams working together instead of working against one another. I like to define the corporate vision and then give each team a vision that works towards the overall vision.
We drive to gain consensus in problem solving or development.
The leaders job is to keep the vision in front of of the team constantly. Again, work hard at the problem the team is called to solve. It’s important to come to a consensus solution. This maintains unity amongst the team.
We decide as individuals when things need to happen.
Once the team has a problem to solve and a consensus solution, the individuals can go to work within the team to solve the problem. Each individual has unique strengths and perspectives they bring to the table. The synchronization occurs when we have a clear problem to solve and have taken the time to come to a collective solution.
What Problem is the Church Called to Solve?
In Luke 4, Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” He also said, “I have come to seek and save that which is lost.”
In Acts 26, Paul said that the vision He received from Jesus was, “I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”
It’s clear to see our vision is to preach the Gospel and our job is to populate heaven and plunder hell. If each of us as individual churches, each of us as individual Christians, went to work each day with the mission of reaching just one more for Jesus, we could change the world! And we are meant to do just that! Because the church is the hope of the world, on mission to reach every available person, at every available time, by every available means, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by creating churches that unchurched people love to attend.
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