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I’ve spent a lot of time with a lot of church teams at this point, and I’ve noticed some common themes adding complexity to teams and ultimately getting them stuck. Tell me if you see any of these in your church:
1. Roles Overlap.
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Every team will at times need to take on the other roles listed. Problems begin develop, though, when a team spends the majority of their team assuming a role that belongs to another team. Create an effective internal communications system to ensure the right people are being communicated to.
2. Leadership Vacuums Develop When a Team Doesn’t Embrace Their Role.
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Organizations get out of whack when a team abdicates its responsibility and no one carries out that function. When that happens, people will try to fill the vacuum and it can pull the church in an unhealthy direction.
Lack of role clarity contributes to this. If a team member isn’t certain of their responsibilities, not only does something significant fall through the cracks, but it prevents someone else from being able to do their job well.
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3. We “Do” Rather Than “Equip To Do.”
This is something that I see far too often. The comfortable place to live is in “doing” the work. It’s what we...
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