Session 4 - Teamwork and Networks

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Session 4 of Plenary Week with Eddie Gibbs. Teamwork and Networks.

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  • Our individualistic and independent mindset means that we have little expertise or even inclination to develop team-building insights and skills. Bureaucracies representing command and control structure by a few leaders, cannot respond with speed and cohesion in today’s rapidly changing world. We need to draw upon all the resources that the Lord has provided both within individual congregations and also from other churches and organizations.
  • Session 4 - Teamwork and Networks

    1. 1. TEAMWORK AND NETWORKS Working Together to Produce Reproducing Faith Communities, and Extending Relationships
    2. 2. It Need Not Be So Lonely at the Top <ul><li>Philip Slater in </li></ul><ul><li>The Future of Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>A cliché of the Industrial Age was that it was lonely at the top. But it was only the need to control people that made it lonely. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Ministry Flows From Community <ul><li>Leadership is about making connections </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic community requires </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accountability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouragement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pooling of knowledge and skills (1Cor 12:18-20) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mutual enrichment (Rom 1:11,12) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engagement and hospitality beyond the membership of the group </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We enhance our potential in relationships </li></ul>
    4. 4. Dysfunctional Teams <ul><li>Patrick Lencioni, Five Dysfunctions of a Team </li></ul>5: Absence of Trust 4: Fear of Conflict 3: Lack of Commitment 2: Avoidance of Accountability 1: Inattention to Results <ul><li>Distance and Defensiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Artificial Harmony </li></ul><ul><li>Ambiguity </li></ul><ul><li>Tolerance of Low Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Status and Ego Concerns </li></ul>
    5. 5. Cycle of Distrust Unmet Expectations Distrust Self-protective behavior Perceived disrespect or hostile behavior by others Distrust of others Self-protective attitude by others Cloke and Goldmith, The Art of Waking People Up, p. 35
    6. 6. Develop team-building skills <ul><li>Correct the individualistic, competitive bias </li></ul><ul><li>From obligation and willingness to passion and giftedness </li></ul><ul><li>First “Who?” then “What?” </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining team momentum and cohesion </li></ul><ul><li>Team Mix </li></ul>
    7. 7. Team functions Tasks and corresponding skills Team building, direction and momentum Shepherding individuals
    8. 8. Household Structure of the Early Church <ul><li>Households were not just a domestic, but an economic structure of a pre-industrial Society </li></ul><ul><li>80% of the workforce was indentured </li></ul><ul><li>Significance of Prisca and Aquila </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Hendrickson Publishers, 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>ThD Dissertation </li></ul><ul><li>Eberhard-Karl’s University, </li></ul><ul><li>T übingen, </li></ul><ul><li>Germany </li></ul>
    10. 10. Cities with House Churches <ul><li>Philippi –Lydia Acts 16:11-15,40; Jailer 25-34. </li></ul><ul><li>Thessalonica –Jason Acts 17:1-9. </li></ul><ul><li>Corinth –Stephanas 1Cor 1:16; 16:16, Prisca and Aquila, Titius Justus 18:7, Crispus 18:8, Gaius And Erastus Rom 16:23/1Cor 1:14. </li></ul><ul><li>Cenchrea –Phoebe Rom 16:1,2. </li></ul><ul><li>Ephesus –Aquila and Priscilla Acts 18:18,19,26. </li></ul><ul><li>Rome –Aquila and Priscilla, Aristobulus, Narcissus </li></ul><ul><li>Colossae –Philemon </li></ul><ul><li>Laodicea –Nympha </li></ul>
    11. 11. Significance of the Household for Mission <ul><li>Observable –See them in operation </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible –Close-by; feel at home </li></ul><ul><li>Economical –Don’t have to buy or lease real estate </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible –Each relates to its context </li></ul><ul><li>Reproducible –every church can give birth to other faith communities </li></ul>
    12. 12. Prominence Of Women In The Life Of The Early Church <ul><li>9 of the 26 </li></ul><ul><li>Paul thinks highly of them </li></ul><ul><li>Intriguing case of Junia </li></ul>
    13. 13. People of Distinction <ul><li>Aristobulus: grandson of Herod the Great </li></ul><ul><li>Narcissus: member of Caesar’s household </li></ul>
    14. 14. Roman Villa <ul><li>Seat up to 30 persons </li></ul><ul><li>Center of business and manufacture </li></ul><ul><li>Extended “household: </li></ul><ul><li>Family members </li></ul><ul><li>Slaves and Freedmen </li></ul><ul><li>Apprentices </li></ul><ul><li>Clientela </li></ul><ul><li>Amici –friends of the family </li></ul>
    15. 15. Insula <ul><li>Apartments </li></ul><ul><li>As many as six floors </li></ul><ul><li>Single room dwellings </li></ul><ul><li>Shops on the first floor </li></ul><ul><li>Buy meals at the café on the corner </li></ul>
    16. 16. Taberna <ul><li>Fourteen excavated in Corinth </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Single room accommodation </li></ul>
    17. 17. Communities of the Future <ul><li>FROM... TO... </li></ul>
    18. 18. Establishing mid-sized Missional Communities <ul><li>Congregations fail to reproduce </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clericalism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Isolation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cell Groups fail to implement their vision </li></ul><ul><li>Clusters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Church in dispersion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reproducible </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. The Essence of Clusters <ul><li>Each is a fully-fledged expression of “church” </li></ul><ul><li>Each clusters is formed by its context </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a context for leadership emergence </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy will require local adaptation </li></ul>UP IN OUT
    20. 20. Congregational Clusters OF Part of wider expressions of church
    21. 21. Spiders and Starfish Vulnerable Spiders Resilient Starfish Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom, The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations
    22. 22. Types of Networks Chain Network Hub and Spoke All-Channel Network DEGREES OF CONNECTEDNESS Tight Control Close Association Occasional Contact

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