Five Methods for Making Better Team Decisions

In a healthy collaborative environment, the role of individual team members becomes more about leading the discussion around a particular aspect of worship, such as music, rather than dictating what idea will become the final decision for worship.

Five Methods for Making Better Team Decisions
True consensus means losing personal agendas and agreeing that a concept is good for the gospel and good for your own unique congregation. Every aspect of worship can benefit from creative collaboration.
Five Methods for Making Better Team Decisions
True consensus means losing personal agendas and agreeing that a concept is good for the gospel and good for your own unique congregation. Every aspect of worship can benefit from creative collaboration.

Team Development News

Team Development: Finding Tasks As a Means to Empowering Staff
Team Development: Finding Your Creative Potential
Team Work: A Look Back at 8 Articles Diving Deep Into the Topic
Team Development: The Three C’s Around Developing A Strong, Healthy Group

Team Development Resource

Survey: The State of the Church Tech Director
Download and review this in-depth report that profiles and measures the current role of more than 400 church tech and creative directors from churches across the country.

After extensive and heated debate, one of the team’s members reached over to the original document, pulled it from the wall and calmly began to read its contents. The solution to the disagreement became clear in light of the team’s stated and agreed-upon purpose.

All teams have either:
a) experienced conflict
b) are currently experiencing conflict or
c) will experience conflict.

There’s just no getting around it: Conflict is an inevitable part of working with other people. In fact, a group of individuals doesn’t really move toward becoming a team, until they’ve weathered their first conflict together.

If a statement is given proper attention when it’s written and is signed by every member with no reservations, it becomes a roadmap for dealing with any situation that may arise. Statements should be written over the course of several meetings. They should be as specific as possible. Each and every person on the team should be a part of writing the statement, and should be able to sign their name to it when completed.

A word of warning: conflict may arise even as a purpose statement is written. Use the conflict to help define even further what the goals of the team are.

4. Emphasize joint ownership over friendship

When teams successfully move from individual agendas to a single agenda, and discover the possibilities of consensus, many wonderful things happen. Brainstorming becomes less tense, camaraderie and mutual respect grow, and joint ownership over the process is felt.

Joint ownership makes each individual feel more like a part of a team. A general excitement begins to accompany the process when everyone feels like they’re a part of what is being achieved.

This doesn’t mean that everyone on the team is the closest of friends. As stated, personal styles and preferences may vary. It does mean that the team operates out of mutual respect and agreement that the decisions being made are the best ideas for worship in its own unique time and space.

5. Use “We” not “I” language

One important change to make is in the language used to describe the process. “We” becomes a very important word. Since the creative process is pretty messy, it’s often hard to remember who said what when. One might have spawned ideas that come from another. Keeping track of who thought of what is an egocentric minefield that is sure to destroy the team.

More About Len Wilson
Len Wilson has been championing creativity and more effective communication in church life since 1993. In service to this calling, he has worked on four church staffs, written ten books, consulted with dozens of churches, spoken at hundreds of events, founded two media micro-publishing firms, and acquired leadership books at a major publishing house. He is currently Creative Director at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas.
Get in Touch:    More by Len Wilson

Latest Resource

For Lighting Design, What Software Is The Right Match For Your Needs? (Part 3)
Dig into this final part of a three-part series that looks into choices for lighting design software, including Vectorworks and LightConverse, and how each can best serve the needs of your church.

Article Topics

Team Management · Leadership · Spiritual Health · Team Development · Volunteers · Decisions · Discussion · Expertise · Learning · Ministry · Team Development · All Topics

Support and Enhance the Worship Message

The latest strategies for sound, lighting and facilities can help you better attract and engage with your congregation. With Worship Facilities’ insights on leadership, communication and administrative tools, each issue shows you how to design and maintain your facility and how to adapt it to meet the changing needs of today’s members.
Explore the success stories of others, and find ways to enhance your weekly services. Get a free subscription to Worship Facilities magazine.


Editor's Picks
©2018 WFX Network · A division of Informa · 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10036 · All Rights Reserved.