“Sustaining Leadership Practices for Church Growth in Cambodia” / Part 15 /

 2.    2.2.  How to form a team of leadership

It is so beautiful to see the creation of God. God form the universe by created the sea, the fish in the sea, the mainland, the plants and all kind of animals on the ground, and the birds of the air, and they all were put together and became one like this beautiful world. And at the same time, God also formed the human being by creating a different part of the body; such as our head, our ears, our eyes, nose, mouth, arms, legs, and so on…all are formed together and became one body.  Paul has written Like the body is only one but have many parts, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also in Christ.”[1] Paul adds, “God form all the separate parts into the body on purpose. Even if all the members were the same, how shall it be a body? Therefor, the parts are too many but the body is still one. The eye will not say to the hand, ‘I will not need you,’ unless the head say to the feet, ‘I will not need you’.”[2] How beautiful and strong is this to see the different parts of the body were put together and became one!

In the same context, leaders are called to form a spirit, consistency, unity, and cohesion, team that feel like one body.[3] To put in another way around, being an effective leadership, leaders must have very good cooperation with a number of people and act in a team relationship in order to reach the same goal or vision. While, somehow, much of the conventional sharing, planning, leading, the decision about leadership seems to assume a leader working alone on those works, but the single leader is infrequently associated with effective leadership and stewardship. Team leadership is very important for church leadership. Core leadership comes from team leadership.[4] Therefore, effective leaders must be understood and learned about the essence of the team and exercise the best effort informing the team, because for the more we require effective leadership team is the more we will succeed in our ministry and its missions. More or less, a team of leadership has discussed here and next I am going to present about how to form a stronger team.

2.2            2.3.  Ways to form a stronger team

Leaders can observe and know very well about the accountability and potentiality of their teammates and at the same time, they know how to form this group of people into the effective teams, so as the result they will come up with a stronger team. Team leadership forming, somehow, may have some indefinable qualities, but according to effective leadership studies have discussed and defined some steps as below:

Initially, effective leaders must respect and treat the colleagues equally. Leaders need to think of the teammates with whom they are working with; such as the volunteer staffs and paid staffs. One the way to build or form the stronger team, leaders must understand that the best people working as volunteer one in your church are like your paid staffs, for the volunteer staffs probably they could find and have a better job and as well as receiver the best pay in many other places, but they are willing to participate and working in your church. As the same taken, they choose to work for your ministry not just because they have no choice or to get a paycheck, yet because they want to help or explore more working experience. Decree emphasizes in his book, Leadership is an Art, that “Volunteer staffs mostly do not need contracts so much as they need covenants, and for them, the relationship always counts more than structure.”[5] Somehow, probably many of us are leaders being aware of how essential it is for our teammates to work by looking for a good relationship, rather than structure. Particularly, people are willing to work in the church, because they expect that leaders will lead them by heart and they will have a good covenant altogether among leaders and followers. On top of that, as they are in the team of leadership; therefore, what they need from you is to hear and see their leadership to be effective and fulfillment or not. Indeed, they want you to see them or look at them as effective leaders for specific dimensions of the church’s mission, and that you regard them as valued and trusted colleagues in the leadership team.

Secondly, leaders must learn how to know people by their leadership styles or gifts. What does it mean here? An answer to that question is this; a good leader could mold effective leaders out of many people. Therefore, leaders must know their teammates very well. Clark reminds us it is good to keep in mind about the caution that building leadership sometimes succeed best when they have no obvious leaders.[6] On the other hand, it is also good to keep in mind about the place for logical, sensible and deserved recognition of those who able to develop the new thing in the ministry or turn the tough situation of church ministry into its growing and prosperity. Then those potential and confidential people will feel good from their successes so they will help you more. I think that this part of the discussion is a very good comment for any who would be leaders and willing to form stronger of leadership teams. It is a great thing to praise and appreciate the teammates. In addition to that, let any praise and recognition that comes from your work as a doer—refers to others. It means that you are helping others to build their reputations and raise your teammates up. Please keep in mind that this type of inspiration will make your team leaders see the humility of your leading and responsible to present needs and helping them to sustain the leadership practices of supporting one another.
The lastly of this part, effective leaders must have good relationship with the team members and be with them all in any circumstances. Your presence, your time, and attention are very important for effective leadership. Weems, Lovett H discusses that “It is extremely difficult, perhaps impossible, to be a leader without generous presence, time, and attention with the people who look to you as the leader”[7]. The presence of leaders will bring out many forms of caring, so many shapes of loving, and plenty of experiences of leading. The writer of “Leadership in Paul”, Helen Doohan, outlines the intimately and personally of Paul as being a leader, he engaged his life and time in order to participate to the ministry of the church.[8] That’s how his leadership was successful. Indeed, effective leadership just need a very simple relationship and that simple relationship just need our honesty and open communication, then the inner relationships among the team leaders will be improved stronger while the information is shared freely and precisely. Likewise, the good behavior and value of dignity of leaders are the best way to communicate and build stronger teams. Therefore, relationship or communication through behavior needs to become a way of life.

To put in short here, I can summery that in order to form a stronger team of leadership; effective leaders have to develop their friendship within the teammates, say good things about the teammates, demand the needed attention to detail, build trust and openness with the teammates, require a strong and good communication, and make sure your teammates’ opinions count and always follow up. Take good care of your teammates, and be happy with them all. As Thurman Arnold illustrates that, “Unhappy is a people that have run out of words to describe what is happening to them.”[9] Effective leaders are those people who can create a good atmosphere in the workplace and being able to sustain the unity of the whole team.

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