Team Work: A Look Back at 8 Articles Diving Deep Into the Topic

By taking the time to read the following eight articles you will likely find that they will keep you working and building your team for years to come.

Team Work: A Look Back at 8 Articles Diving Deep Into the Topic
Even with a solid plan and clear vision, you are still likely to fail. At least on the first half dozen attempts, as team building is hard work.
Team Work: A Look Back at 8 Articles Diving Deep Into the Topic
Even with a solid plan and clear vision, you are still likely to fail. At least on the first half dozen attempts, as team building is hard work.

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I’ll be honest, when I see a headline I’m interested in, I often will try to “power-read” the article, looking for some quick nugget I can grab and look to apply down the road, before returning to my inbox to sort through the rest of that week’s waiting emails. Of course, I’m not learning much with that approach.

In my years of working in church media and before that, I have learned that everyone is different.

Team building is hard work.

Even with a solid plan and clear vision, you are still likely to fail. At least on the first half dozen attempts. Here’s what I thought I’d do this week. I would search online for the term, “TEAM WORK,” specifically on this site, and from there, proceed to read every article, pulling the content together into a detailed summary of all the best ideas.

I can assure there were lots of great ideas …

Among them was a piece by David Leuschner, the former Executive Director of Technical Arts for Gateway Church in Dallas, who wrote a great article on building a quality team, encouraging us to live life together, meet regularly and to have fun, Team Development: Building A Quality Team.

Gregory Kayne, the Media Arts Director at Bethel Christian Fellowship, shared the importance of playing for a winning team. He encouraged short-term, high impact projects to create a sense of excitement and participation, to bond a team together, in Everyone Wants to Play on A Winning Team.

Eric Bramlett, the Creative Arts Director at Community Christian Church, encouraged us not to see pastoral staff as the enemy of our good ideas, but to work with them to create a team beyond media and tech, one that reaches the whole church, with Avoid Perceiving Your Boss as The Common Enemy.

Van Metschke, who previously worked at Magnolia Church, wrote five keys to building a team in church tech. Being clear about your expectations. Making sure they are well trained on the equipment and know what they are doing. Knowing the core value of the church and how they apply to the role they are playing. When the team wins they are part of that win, church media is a team sport! Your own team is your best evangelists for recruiting new people to serve. These were broken down in his piece, 5 Important Team Building Strategies in Church Tech.

Greg Stovell, the Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, wrote a challenging and fresh article on the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and the need for us to lead by example (I hated that one … way too hard, right?) This piece was titled, Taste, See, A Better Way of Building God’s Kingdom.


More About Tim Ottley
Tim Ottley was born in Melbourne, Australia, and after growing up watching friends play rock music and share Jesus in the bars and clubs of Sydney, he moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 1995 to be a rock star. That dream did not come to fruition, but he then started working for record labels and local touring bands, beginning with P.O.D. in 1999 as their first touring manager. Tim would eventually find himself in Tulsa, Okla., and by 2010, he moved into a position at Asbury United Methodist Church, working with audio, video and lightning. Over the last two years, Asbury has made significant changes to services and sanctuary space, including the installation of the largest Environmental Projection system in a church in the United States.
Get in Touch: tottley@asburytulsa.org    More by Tim Ottley

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