Last week Brent Eldridge, lead pastor over at Lakewood First Baptist, met with our pastors and shared some principles from his new book, Team: Six Essentials for Building a Productive Team. Here’s a few of them that caught my ear:
- Sacrifice is an undeniable part of ministry.
- Margin is essential. Jesus valued it and so should you.
- If you’re not creating margin in your life neither will the people you lead.
- Sometimes interruptions are the greatest opportunities to enter into what God is doing.
- Compassion is like a muscle: if you don’t use it enough it will atrophy.
- God calls us to obey, not to understand. Understanding comes latter (but not always).
- Serving others requires us to dig deep.
- Ministry works better when we do it with someone else.
- We long to belong.
- Momentum is the true indicator that the people on your team are working together.
- When you’re invested in someone it’s a lot easier to overlook mistakes.
- You have to believe the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts.
- Do whatever it takes to get everyone on the same page.
- Give each other the freedom to fail.
- Hone the discipline to respect and protect the people you work with.
- People will believe in you when you have their best interest in mind.
- Pray for people more than you complain about them.
What are some other principles of teams that work?