Wednesday, October 15, 2008

5 Functions of Healthy Ministries

Nancy Ortberg (wife of John Ortberg) recently wrote an article for Christianity Today's Leadership Journal titled "Ministry Team Diagnostics." It is a great interpratation of Patrick Lencioni's hallmark book 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. You can review the team dysfunctions here. Nancy applied her insights from Patrick's book to ministry teams.

"Team" is just business language for "community" - the intersection of task and people. Every community has people working and contributing and since it is made of poeple, you can be sure that every community is susecptible to dysfunction.

1. Absence of Trust
Vulnerability-based trust makes a team great; without it, people position themselves to politic in church. (Church Politics?:-) Admit your weakness as a leader and model vulnerability.

2. Fear of Conflict
Unaired conflict goes into the parking lot or behind closed doors. Conflict isn't pleasant, but it's your necessary friend. Do not avoid it; insist on it.

3. Inability to make a Commitment
Some decisions are sabotaged by negelct and lack of attention. Leadership is, at its heart, about the promises we make and keep.

4. Avoidance of Accountability
Great leaders perform autopsies on poor results. What could we have done differently? What did we learn from this, for future desicions.

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