Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership

Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership


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Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership by Ryan T. Hartwig, Warren Bird

2015 Readers' Choice Award Winner

It's increasingly clear that leadership should be shared—for the good of any organization and for the good of the leader. Many churches have begun to share key leadership duties, but don't know how to take their leadership team to the point where it thrives. Others seriously need a new approach to leadership: pastors are tired, congregations are stuck, and meanwhile the work never lets up.

But what does it actually mean to do leadership well as a team? How can it be done in a way that avoids frustration and burnout? How does team leadership best equip the staff and bless a congregation? What do the top church teams do to actually thrive together?

Researchers and practitioners Ryan Hartwig and Warren Bird have discovered churches of various sizes and traditions throughout the United States who have learned to thrive under healthy team leadership. Using actual church examples, they present their discoveries here, culminating in five disciplines that, if implemented, can enable your team to thrive. The result? A coaching tool for senior leadership teams that enables struggling teams to thrive, and resources teams doing well to do their work even better.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830841196
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 993,791
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ryan T. Hartwig (PhD, University of Colorado) teaches small-group, organizational and leadership communication at Azusa Pacific University, where he serves as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition, he frequently speaks to groups of pastors and ministry leaders regarding senior leadership teams, teamwork in ministry, and small-group ministry design and leadership. His scholarship has been published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research and Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal, and presented at the annual meetings of the National Communication Association (NCA), the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and the Rocky Mountain Communication Association (RMCA). He and his wife Jill have three daughters and one son and live in the Los Angeles area.

Warren Bird (PhD, Fordham University) is the director of research and intellectual capital support for Leadership Network. He also spearheads ongoing research initiatives and Leadership Network's free bi-weekly e-newsletter, Advance. Warren has written many publications for Leadership Network and also collaboratively authored or co-authored over twenty books for ministry leaders, including Next: Pastoral Succession that Works, Viral Churches, The Multi-Site Church Roadtrip and Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work.

Warren is an ordained minister through the Christian and Missionary Alliance, having served as a church planter, associate pastor or lead pastor for fourteen years. Warren and his wife Michelle live just outside New York City, and have two grown children.

Table of Contents

PrefacePart I: Why Read a Book about Leadership Teams?
1. Myths We Believe: How Many of These Did You Think Were True?
2. Your Vantage Point: How Is Your Church Being Led Right Now?
Expert commentator: Jim TomberlinPart II: Why Do Leadership Teams Make Sense?
3. The Bible Speaks: Scriptural Foundations for Senior Leadership Teams
Expert commentator: Matt Carter
4. Passing Fad or Here to Stay: Ten Practical Reasons for Senior Leadership Teams
Expert commentator: David FletcherPart III: How Well Is Your Team Thriving?
5. Reality Check: Eight Common Reasons Teams Fail
Expert commentator: Geoff Surratt
6. Our Survey Says: The Collaborative Disciplines of Teams That Thrive
Expert commentator: Ed StetzerPart IV: What Are the Collaborative Disciplines of Teams that Thrive?
7. Discipline 1: Focus on Purpose, the Invisible Leader of Your Team
Expert commentator: Will Mancini
8. Discipline 2: Leverage Differences in Team Membership
Expert commentator: Morgan McKenna
9. Discipline 3: Rely on Inspiration More than Control to Lead
Expert commentator: Crawford Loritts
10. Discipline 4: Intentionally Structure Your Decision Making
Section 1: Collaborating While Seeking God's Voice
Expert commentator: Ron Edmondson
11. Discipline 4: Intentionally Structure Your Decision Making
Section 2: Collaborating in the Midst of Conflict
Expert commentator: Tony Morgan
12. Discipline 5: Build a Culture of Continuous Collaboration
Expert commentator: Jenni CatronPart V: What's Your Best Next Step?
13. Six Ways to Avoid Sabotaging Your Team
Expert commentator: Sam Chand
14. Catalyze Your Team's Growth
Expert commentator: Mark DeYmaz
About the Authors
Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index

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