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About the Author
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
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What People are Saying About This
"The most effective churches in America today have strong leaders who surround themselves with a smart team of leaders. Finally, a practical book on leadership that helps churches develop the right kind of team to lead their church forward. This book is long overdue, greatly needed and high on my recommendation list."
"What's essential and what's superfluous? What should we tackle head-on and what should we detour around? How do we course correct when we hit trouble? How do we keep momentum when we have it? From a strong mythbuster start to a next-best-step finish, this book is a one-of-a-kind resource for teams. Spoiler alert: help is here."
"Teams That Thriveis about the work that leaders do to build high performance teamsand the things that are keeping them from it. If your team embodies the disciplines in this book, you'll be well on your way to a team experience that will not only change your organization but will ultimately change you!"
"At Saddleback we've shared leadership from the beginning.While it's not always been easy, it's absolutely been worth it. This insightful book, with its strong research, real-life stories andpractical how-tos, makes it easier for you to build a strong, thriving senior leadership team."
"This is an excellent book for ministry leaders intent on developing teams for greater effectiveness in the local church. Hartwig and Bird have published a helpful resource that can stimulate dialogue and growth for thriving team ministry."
"I'm a lay leader serving on the leadership team of a church of 225 and this fast-moving book has a lot of practical ideas and relevant application for us."
"I'm a better leader with a healthier leadership team because of the principles outlined in this book. In Teams That Thrive, Ryan and Warren have given all of us an accessible roadmap for high performance leadership teams in any church context."
"Serious leaders are serious about their teams because something extraordinary happens when a team thrives, something muchgreater than the sum of its parts. Teams That Thrive is an unusual blend of spirit and practice. It is fresh, deep and eminently helpful!"
"Every time I meet with pastors, the subject of leadership comes up at some point in the conversation. The struggle for all churches is to build new leaders who are unified around a common vision. This is a needed book to help us build better teams and better churches."
"As someone who is passionate about helping teams become more productive and healthy, I strongly recommend Teams That Thrive. It draws out best practices and principles from hundreds of leadership teams, pulls together top marketplace research and then illustrates them with stories from churches at every level. I encourage you not to simply read it yourself, but to read it and work through it with your team. It will make you better. It will help you thrive."
"I can't think of a better, more needed topic thanTeams That Thrive.The ability to build a culture of collaboration and team leadership is crucialtoanyone's effectiveness in ministry. For years, Warren Bird has been a go-toexpert for pastors wanting to learn how to do things better, and here he teams well with university professor Ryan Hartwig to pull together top research and great examples."
"This practical book is full of tips and tools that church leadership teams can use to become better and to increase in impact. Teams That Thrive will be a great help to my own team as we help church leadership teams get unstuck."
"In Teams That Thrive, Ryan and Warren provide the church with valuable insight from research rooted in biblical principles to create a picture of team leadership that is sound and scriptural. Whether your church is two hundred or two thousand, whether your team is two or twenty-five, this book will be an essential resource."
"Church leaders talk big about the priesthood of all believers, but too many don't know how to live that out on the leadership team level. This excellent book shows how."
"The daily life of running a church ministry is all about teams.How are they doing? Are they growing? How do we get new folks on teams?Teams That Thrivehelps us to answer these questions withsolid research, stories and examples, and to form and maintain great teams."
"Rarely does a book debut in the church arena that has a strong combination of understanding, analysis, solutions, research, biblical basis and real life usability. My friends Warren Bird, Ryan Hartwig and their team have produced just that in Teams That Thrive. Churches will be stronger because teams will be healthier and more productive, enhancing the kingdom of our Lord. Every leader in your church needs a personal copy of this book."
"In this rigorous and readable treatment of church leadership teams, Warren Bird and Ryan Hartwig show how shared leadership and an effective team at the top not only ensure high-functioning church operations, but they also provide the model for a thriving congregation and a healthy community culture. Teams That Thrive provides practical solutions and inspiring wisdom to those who would elevate their team leadership capacity in ways that genuinely contribute to effective, purposive and growing church communities."
"We know that we're supposed to like working in teams, but how many of us actually get excited when we hear the word teamwork? It isn't that we hate working with others, it's just that more often than not teams seem to make things harder, not easier. Fortunately, in Teams That Thrive, Ryan and Warren promise it doesn't have to be that way. Read this book and start creating teams that work!"
"I wish I had read this book at the beginning of my ministry career! Teams That Thrive is an incredible resource to help you and your team rethink how you lead. Packed with outstanding research, helpful tips, practical wisdom and thoughts from expert commentators, this book is the how-to resource you need to move your team (and your church) from simply surviving to thriving."