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Build unity in your community!

The work I do with teams within a corporate setting is very applicable for ministry groups; team is just the business world's term for community. In Philippians 2:2, Paul speaks of the complete joy associated with being of the same mind, united in spirit; intent on one purpose—that is the essence of every dynamic team. I grew up as a PK (preacher's kid), and my dad always tells people that God gave me a head for business and a heart for ministry. I get the greatest joy out of working with ministry teams and helping them grow their teams to be as healthy and highly functioning as possible because the results have such significance. Any leadership or team development programs I do with ministry groups are reinforced with scripture reference but there are also several ministry specific programs I want you to know about:

Conflict can strengthen unity in your community

In the work I do with church staffs and ministry boards, the single greatest misconception I have found across denominational lines is that conflict in church should be avoided; that if we acknowledge it, conflict will somehow increase or hinder our work for the Lord. As Christians, we are to be set-apart but, based on Biblical examples, it isn't because of the absence of conflict but because of the way we choose to address and manage it. Conflict is natural in relationships. It is actually a very necessary element in team growth and development when dealt with directly and sincerely. A Team Tune-Up is a great way to re-align, re-connect, and re-energize your ministry staff or committee or board; particularly if unresolved conflict is creating subtle or real division and threatening the sense of unity of your community.

Small Group Leader Training:

Making the Connection!

Making the Connection!
A Group Dynamics Workshop Designed for Small Group Ministry Leaders

During my years of consulting with executives and their teams, I have realized that what is true of groups in the marketplace is true of groups in ministry: Little else matters if people don't first feel connected to one another—education does not, experience does not, and skill does not. These important characteristics are unique to each individual in the group, but they don't affect the group's vitality until a connection is realized. Without feeling connected, people may attend our small groups but will they be fully engaged; will they be changed? Small groups are the heartbeat of any ministry. That is where the personal touch happens—where hearts are opened, needs are met, and lives are changed. During this workshop, we will explore 10 ways for small group leaders to create a stronger sense of connection within their small groups. We have to Stop doing what comes naturally and Start doing what works!

Our handbook, Making The Connection: A Reference Guide for Small Group Ministry Leaders is available as a take-home resource for participants.

As part of MOPS International "Leadership for Life" initiative, I was selected to offer this course for ministry leaders (which they call Group Dynamics) for ChristianCourses.com, the leading on-line ministry training organization.

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