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