Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership

Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership

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2015 Readers' Choice Award Winner It's increasingly clear that leadership should be shared—for the good of any organization

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830897575
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 04/10/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 459,385
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Journal of Applied Communication Research and Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal, and presented at the annual meetings of the National Communication Association (NCA), the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and the Rocky Mountain Communication Association (RMCA). He and his wife Jill have three daughters and one son and live in the Los Angeles area.
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


Part 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 Tomberlin

Part 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 Fletcher

Part 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 Stetzer

Part 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 Catron

Part 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


About the Authors

Author Index

Subject Index

Scripture Index

What People are Saying About This

Jim Tomberlin

"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."

Kem Meyer

"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."

Josh Whitehead

"Teams That Thriveis about the work that leaders do to build high performance teams—and 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!"

Rick Warren

"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."

D. Scott Barfoot

"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."

Ron Keener

"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."

Chris Lewis

"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."

author of Lessons in Non-Linear Leadership NancyOrtberg

"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!"

Ron Edmondson

"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."

Larry Osborne

"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."

Dino Rizzo

"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."

Tony Morgan

"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."

Ed Stetzer

"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."

Derwin Gray

"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."

David Fletcher

"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."

Samuel R. Chand

"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."

Ruth Wageman

"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."

Greg Surratt

"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!"

Jenni Catron

"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."

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