Dedicated to Joanne: “We need leaders and teams who will study their communities and the times in which they live and bring a compelling goal from the throne of God that will call together (and to action) a team of believers.” — Robert C. Crosby

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Mission:   Identity.   Know who you are and what you’ve been called to do.  This is leadership.

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Jesus saves people from spiritual death,  from hell.  Jesus came to give people Eternal life and purpose.  As Jesus’ disciple, Joanne helps lead to salvation us, this world’s lost battalions — including the grievously fallen of society.

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Jesus could have upended the Roman occupation and restored Israel to its glory. Israelites wanted Jesus to do this.  But Jesus’ focus was the soul:  “What about your soul, what about your Eternal life, what about your relationship with Thy Heavenly Father?”

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S0 this is Joanne’s mission — to connect everything we do to a soul — to Jesus Himself.

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If we don’t have an opportunity somehow to connect to the soul of someone — then we miss the mark of why we exist.   Always, we desire to refocus our attention on connecting things to a soul, to Jesus Himself.   Our end and our new beginning are in Jesus Christ.

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Understandably, often Christians are not honest with ourselves.  We mask over and avoid honesty with rationalizations so we can keep doing what make us feel good. We use scriptural explanations to elude ourselves. The mark, then, is to touch souls for an Eternity, starting with our own souls.  

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If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” -—Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.” —Clement Stone

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We are not defined by deficiencies or what is missing. We are defined by what is present. — Appreciative Inquiry

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlgregg/2013/06/how-to-motivate-members-of-your-congregation-to-do-more/

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Someone has said that the church today is over taught and under challenged. I think that is piercingly true in far too many churches and church groups. While certainly not true on every front, I believe it is going on in far too many places. Christianity today has too often come to be seen as a series of meetings filled with good words instead of a vibrant teams and communities of people full of good works. Yes, we still need pastors and leaders today who will study their Bibles in depth and bring a Word from the Lord, but we also need leaders and teams who will study their communities and the times in which they live and bring a compelling goal from the throne of God that will call together (and to action) a team of believers.

One of the most important questions for a teaming leader to ask is this: Is my team sufficiently challenged? If they are, then their gifts and capacities are being stretched and utilized. If they are not, the team is, at least in some ways, probably languishing. Atrophy is setting in. But, exactly what causes a team to feel underchallenged?

  • A Team feels under-challenged when … the goals of the team are unclear.
  • A Team feels under-challenged when … their team leader fails to tap their best ideas and creativity.
  • A Team feels under-challenged when … goals are not measured and reviewed frequently.
  • A Team feels under-challenged when … team meetings are long, one-sided and predictable.
  • A Team feels under-challenged when … conflicts and differences are left unresolved.

But, what does it take for team leaders to truly challenge their teams to rise to their full potential. And, perhaps more importantly, what does it take for the team members to challenge each other towards full performance in attitude and accomplishment?

The Blue Angels 

One high-performance team known across the country is the Navy Blue Angels. This team of aviators perform aerial acrobatics with their multi-ton F-16 aircraft. One of the pilots interviewed about their high-risk skill and teamwork was asked the question, “What is your goal when you are up there in the air?” He said, “Our goal is to fly perfectly as one. We don’t always get it completely perfect, but we strive to always get as close to actually flying as one unit as we possibly can.”

What a great goal for a team — “to get as close to flying as one as possible” — and in particular for a church or ministry team (even for married couples, for that matter). It was Jesus who set the tone for the teams that would follow him when he prayed for us to his Heavenly Father: “That they may be one, even and you and I are one (John 17:21).”

Group Turned TeamWhen your group becomes a true team you will find that they move FROM one perspective or orientation TO an entirely different one. As the compelling challenge of a great goal emerges, people’s ideas emerge (and merge) as well as their talents and passions. The culture changes. Something electric occurs. The atmosphere takes on new life. A group turns team and, as it does, the people within it move and thrive:

From me to us … 

From several to One

From rigid to nimble

From self-will to team-will

From frustrated to focused

From leading to team-leading

From empowered to empowering

From controlling to collaborating

From several paths to a common path

From a group of individuals to a team of team-players.

The article is excerpted from Robert Crosby’s newest book, The Teaming Church: Ministry in the Age of Collaboration (Abingdon Press).

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One Response to Dedicated to Joanne: “We need leaders and teams who will study their communities and the times in which they live and bring a compelling goal from the throne of God that will call together (and to action) a team of believers.” — Robert C. Crosby

  1. Pingback: Tribute to Jo Anne Silva: Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls. (Psalms 41:5-7) The psalmist comes to see that there is no silence; the answer coming from God is deeper than words. God is present, and speaking, but what he’s saying isn’t

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