The Power of Teamwork

The positive, life- giving environment of River Valley Church is a product of teamwork. 

A great definition of a team is:  A group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a taskjob, or project.

Lifeteams, the new name for River Valley serving, leverages this team model and sets the stage for what we desire to see for every person who serves at our church.  

Lifeteam ~n. - a group of servant-hearted, committed individuals who own and establish the life-giving atmosphere of River Valley Church.  

No matter what team you are on, all team members:

    (1) operate with a high degree of interdependence

    (2) share authority and responsibility for self-management

    (3) are accountable for the collective performance, and 

    (4) work toward a common goal and shared rewards(s). 

In other words, a team becomes more than just a collection of people when a strong sense of mutual commitment creates synergy, thus generating results greater than the sum of the performance of its individual members.

Teams are a huge asset to our church, and they are a huge asset to your own development as a leader. 

With that being said, here are 15 simple suggestions to maximize your team leadership (these are adapted for Lifeteams from the writings of Dale Roach):

  1. Championing strong communications between team members. (The Lifeteam Toolbox was designed to assist with your team communications.)
  2. Networking and partnering with other teams and individuals at church.
  3. Casting vision for the team that is in step with the larger vision of the church.
  4. Personally owning the accomplishment of your team’s goals and strategies.
  5. Working toward buy in among all team members.
  6. Discerning when to do the right things in the right way at the right time.
  7. Being a good steward of effective time management for yourself and your team.
  8. Making sure strong productivity on the part of the team members is accomplished.
  9. Excelling in conflict management skills and demonstrating those skills to team members.
  10. Affirming the strengths of the team through emails and especially personal interactions.
  11. Recognizing and improving weaknesses on the team.
  12. Proactively leading the team through needed changes and transitions.
  13. Working toward less team turnover, which increases organizational continuity and momentum.
  14. Celebrating contributions of team members.
  15. Leveraging your team as an opportunity to build your own and team members’ Interpersonal skills.