The purpose of this Church shall be as revealed in the New Testament, to win people to faith in Jesus Christ and commit them actively to the Church, to help them to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ that increasingly they may know and do His will, and to work for the unity of all Christians and with them engage in the common task of building the Kingdom of God.
Progessive Farmer Magazine listed Oconee County in 2009 as the 7th best place to raise a family in the country and top ranked east of the Mississippi River. Jesus attracted crowds and preached to 1000?s but He invested most of His time with the core team of twelve.
For truly phenomenal church growth you have no choice but to invest your best into your leadership core. I can hear you now – “This sounds great in principle but if only you knew what we have to contend with!” As a leader you have to develop the ability to see and think differently. Christian leadership training for service in the church is different from secular employers looking at potential employees.
Simon Crowe, British born and bred, is now serving as a missionary and supporting church planting efforts on the front-lines of the Great Commission in Thailand, South East Asia.
Conflict naturally occurs when individuals or groups collide over differences in ideas, preferences, or actions.
How do people called to live as peacemakers engage in peaceful and transformational conflict within the church?
I applaud these local church leaders for being willing to pay the price to engage this controversial and divisive issue that had both theological and cultural underpinnings. I love building capacity in seasoned and emerging Christian leaders so that they can serve God more effectively. A number of years ago, a dear widow in the church where we were pastoring came to our home and explained to us that she would like to share her bank account with us.
When I read about how the early church shared everything, I wonder why many of our North American churches don’t experience this kind of community. This is a significant revision of Building Church Leaders for Church Education which was reprinted three times since 1970. Besides providing a wonderful venue we are also available to assist with team building activities. In addition each person will receive a group photo and a certificate of acknowledgement for team building as well as one for the school or business. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
Today, I want to walk through a passage with you that explains how people work together to form an effective team and accomplish something God told them to do. That, my friends, is why the first twenty years of our lives, we eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy our lives. As we move from the frivolous to the foundational truth of life – the Word of God, I want to make an observation. Are there good Biblical texts about building the rabble you work with into a team of high performers?
We have heard it over and over…We can all readily understand that high performing companies have high performance teams – and there is no such thing as random organization when it comes to leading people. In more recent days, we have learned that the best teams are those who know how to recover from trouble. Though all these insights are readily available, you may have missed some important truths found in the pages of ancient Scripture on leadership, teamwork and accomplishing a God-given, Spirit-directed task… God hasn’t been silent on team building and people work – since His work IS people work! Since some may not have been following our lessons on Nehemiah, let’s quickly note that we have been moving through his journal for a few lessons, and have discovered Nehemiah to be both sensitive and shrewd.
As we open the work log of the journal, I want you to recognize as we read the passage together, the close detail and familiarity Nehemiah had with each leader, and each team member. Read through the record of the work on the wall in Nehemiah 3…If you aren’t familiar with Hebrew names, this may be one of the longest readings of your life! Churches can swell in numbers, but the size only matters if people are in the Word and on their knees – growing in dependence and surrender before our Awesome God. Let me ask you something: What is the most important thing that we should be focusing on in today’s work of God? After leaders have invested and acknowledge the holy work and call of God, what else should mark a team accomplishing the work of God?
First, we have to remember that having a burden is the beginning of a ministry, but building a TEAM is a vital prerequisite to get that ministry rolling. Effective team work necessitates people getting over the unfairness that workloads are NOT EVENLY DISTRIBUTED! Third, it is essential to recall that not everyone will be convinced of the cause and willing to “pull their own weight” – though later they will want to full benefits the work creates. Don’t miss the little “nugget” in the end of verse five: 5b “…but their nobles did not support the work of their masters. If you walk into a local restaurant and see me sitting with a Catholic priest working – it is probably about the pro-life cause that we both support. Fifth, people who have gotten used to the old way things were will be newly inspired when things start happening!
Good leadership allows people to feel the future is something to look forward to – and that the mission ahead is both important and attainable. Sixth, the team is made up of the people who SHOW UP and WORK, not the people who think they should have a voice in everything because they have knowledge in that area.
Do you think it mattered that perfumers didn’t know how to build walls, and goldsmiths weren’t particularly good at architecture? Ninth, count on God to supply some people who do it with such fervency that your heart is stirred! Look at Nehemiah 3:20 After him Baruch the son of Zabbai zealously repaired another section, from the Angle to the doorway of the house of ELYAHSIV the high priest.
Because, the key to progress is consistently doing the right things the right way, and the definition of “right way” is explained in the Words of the Creator’s Holy Word. The leadership team of Antioch Christian Church is currently comprised of Pastor Scott Bartholomew and Director of Music Tony Wall.
Some people just naturally have personality traits and abilities that tend towards leadership, but unless these qualities are nurtured and developed they will never truly become a leader.
The last thing you want are self-important, self-serving arrogant know-it-alls leading your people!
We love to disagree (there are, after all, approximately 33,000 denominations in the world), yet we often feel bad about engaging in conflict.
Engage the issues that divide usIn Acts 15:1–2, a group of Jews from Judea were telling the believers in Antioch they needed to be circumcised.
In Ephesians 2:14–16, we read, “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. As I do so, I have found it helpful to focus my energies on seven key dimensions of leadership: biblical truth, a growing relationship with God, character, calling, community, team, and skill (see the Christian Leadership Pyramid below). It is imperative that we increasingly live and lead in keeping with a thoroughly biblical worldview.

Sometimes, I see it in small churches and in small groups where people hear about personal needs and have the relational connection that motivates them to help their friends. Gangel, Team Leadership in Christian Ministry: Using Multiple Gifts to Build a Unified Vision. Gangel is executive director of graduate studies at Toccoa Falls College and distinguished professor emeritus of Christian education at Dallas Theological Seminary.
We have various teambuilding activities which include obstacles and different life skills programs which can be facilitated when we do leadership training. It is a tale of leadership, but it is more – it is a tale about living together, sharing the planet, and learning to play well with one another in the sandbox of life. He has made a living for many years sharing principles of management, leadership and development. I laughed, not only because it was humorous, but because it contained some truth… and that is why I am deliberately focusing on positive subjects in a crowd like ours in days like ours. In recent years, the constant flow of articles and books on the fascinating subject of leading and managing people seems to have grown exponentially. A ministry project prescribed by God often begins with a burden in the heart of a man or woman of God – a deep, throbbing kind of urging within that presses action without. We recognized that faith is NOT a synonym for disorder or substitute for careful planning – and that sustainable ministry has to be prayerfully and carefully planned, as well as artfully presented (Nehemiah 2). We also noted that in any endeavor of the work of God, opposition should be expected (Nehemiah 2:19).
Work should begin with the godly leadership that is willing to work hard to accomplish what God has called the team to do (3:1a). It’s just “our kids” and “our little buildings” – and we forget the magnificent God we are serving, and the wonder of the task to which we were assigned!
The students God brings to this place, whether local high school age youth invited by a friend, or college students that give a year to study God’s Word at our Bible Institute – they are a holy stewardship of the Lord.
The work was seen immediately as part of something God was doing, not simply a good idea of a neat leader! If you have spent any amount of time with me, you know my answer – it is training the next generation to face the tsunami of paganism coming to a state near you.
3 Now the sons of HASENA-AH built the Fish Gate; they laid its beams and hung its doors with its bolts and bars. Some will always carry inordinate loads of work (3:2b-4), and it is right that they be specifically recognized for doing so!
The truth is that some people think they are too good to follow leaders – and they miss the blessing of God for their labors.
When the work is done, they will feel equal ownership, even if they didn’t DO the work to get the wall in place. 7 Next to them MELATYA the Gibeonite and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon and of Mizpah, also made repairs for the official seat of the governor of the province beyond the River. Did you notice that men from Gibeon and Mizpah, suburbs of Jerusalem, worked on repairs that ALSO related to a governor’s palace from the other side of the Jordan River?
Lee, and recall with you how he kept the army of Northern Virginia together with the armies of Louisiana, Mississippi, and the other confederate states. I don’t have to agree with everything in someone’s life to work on a limited agenda with them for a solidly Biblical purpose. And next to him Hananiah, one of the perfumers, made repairs, and they restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall. It shouldn’t matter what “class of people” they are; all worked – and followed the directions given!
Let me finish with a concept of that same man as I close – not to make the lesson about him, but to help us apply the text about team building.
Again, growing your leadership team will not just happen – you must be intentional about it, pen it into your schedule, and it’ll pay dividends. Simon studied Missiology at Victory Asia Bible College and is currently working hard to master the Thai language. I suspect many of us are afraid of entering a complex emotional zone where anything could happen.
However, the first story in Acts 15 provides some helpful pointers for constructing a peacemaker’s guide to addressing conflict in the church. We finally realized that she wanted to share her money with us, similar to how the early Christians had everything in common (Acts 4:32-37). I long for this kind of deep community where people are so close to each other that they are prepared to do whatever it takes to support, encourage, and challenge each other. It lays important biblical and theoretical foundations, then provides insight into the roles of the team leader as administrator, organizer, decision maker, group facilitator, committee chair, conflict manager, change agent, motivator, reproducer, and mentor. As we look into Nehemiah, our Spirit directed ancient journal of a leader, I thought sharing this anecdote about the “meaning of life” from John would be appropriate, to help you smile for a few moments. I will give you a lifespan of twenty years.” The dog replied: “That is too long to be barking!
The next ten years, we grab the grandchildren and do monkey tricks to make them laugh, and the last ten years we sit on the front porch of our homes and bark at everyone that goes by! I sometimes fear that we as modern Christians collectively bark too much and accomplish too little of what God told us to do.
Yet, I came to a conclusion about many of the books I read – and maybe some of you have as well. Today we are treated to one – but it will take you a few minutes of adjustment to see it because of the “work log” nature of the text. Because that is true, it is essential that the vision, the values and the mission of any team must be communicated clearly and team members must “buy in” to become an effective part of the team. They knew it needed to be especially, deliberately and Biblically set aside for God’s purposes alone. You also saw the names of people – but in two cases you observe the names of OTHER TOWNS in Judah – Jericho in the Judean Wilderness east of Jerusalem, and Tekoa, southeast of Bethlehem in the Judean Wilderness. Those who understood the need to validate the project as God’s holy purpose got busy first! Some got more prominent towers to build, while others walled the edges of the public latrines.
Forever settled in Heaven is this – the eternal Word of the Immortal God – concerning a small handful of stiff-necked Tekoite nobles who couldn’t get on board.
These men worked on the wall but had another objective beside the one that Nehemiah brought. I am not joining their church, nor they mine – but we agree on life and its preservation – so we can work together.
People like him don’t believe until they see – but later they can be avid fans and strong helpers.
They included priests, goldsmiths and perfumers district rulers and daughters (12) If you keep reading, you will catch a glimpse of some Levites (17) and even some shop keepers (32).

The Hebrew term khaw-raw’ is normally “with heat or great anger” – but in this case it meant “furiously” in all the best meanings of the word. In the secular world however, it is common to look for the brightest, most talented, good looking, charismatic personality to promote – this method could be disastrous in Christian service! As we engage in theological debates and argue about church decor, ministry methods, and a host of other very important matters (or at least they seem important at the time), is there such a thing as healthy conflict?
As a result, the local church leaders appointed these two men, along with some other believers, to bring this question to the apostles and elders in Jerusalem.
Who knows, maybe in this kind of community, we might even choose to share our bank accounts with one another. This is followed by practical guidelines on setting and achieving goals, planning for the future, developing ministry teams, recruiting and retaining leaders, training and placing volunteers, supervising staff, evaluating ministry effectiveness, delegating tasks and authority, communicating in the organization, and relating to other leaders. Gangel is the author of over 35 books including the Holman New Testament Commentary on Acts.
Martin Luther King, JR was a Baptist minister and became an activist early in his career as a minister. King received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously. Over the years of reading it seems like many people’s “insights” were actually little more than re-statements of earlier writings.
Attendance is the BEGINNING of being challenged and drawn to God – not the end goal of the ministry.
It was a WALL and GATES – but it was a passageway to worship and a protection to the people of God. I have worked on that wall, sat on that wall, and cleaned an ancient floor of a home in the shadow of that wall in my few brief brushes with archaeological study. I don’t think I have to make a point about how vital the latrines were to the society – but it is worth recalling that many duties of the work are not glamorous. Unfortunately, I get tired when I don’t manage myself well, and then I lose my peace, followed by my patience, and finally I can’t recall my real purpose. Barring any evidence that he was new to the post, I suspect he was on the job when Nehemiah arrived, and he had let the tumbled walls and humbled streets become normal in his eyes. Simply, the law of five is this: If you want to cut a tree down in your yard, and you get an axe and hit that tree five times every day, what will eventually happen? He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and served as the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957. Not only that, but any group that is going to accomplish great things will need to have some understanding of what life is all about. The dog gave you back ten years, so I think I would like to use only ten years, and give you back the other ten.” God agreed.
I will tell you what…I will take the ten years the dog gave you back, and the ten years the monkey gave you back and the forty years the cow gave you back… that makes eighty years. In the area of management and leadership, Solomon’s warnings from Ecclesiastes about “nothing being new under the sun” certainly seem to apply. We know that work teams are about collaboration, and productive collaboration is ultimately about effective communication. When people learn to do these two things well, the team advances from defeat much more quickly. There is no greater way to impact them than in intentionally established and carefully maintained relationships. Here is the point: if people are working well and accomplishing much, but aren’t growing in their attachment and daily dependence on God – ministry isn’t happening the way God intended. We may be too easily impressed with the external statistics, and too little concerned with carefully looking for the marks of inner spiritual growth. Fall before the Lord and ask Him for your burden – then let us know what God is telling you to do.
If you are a very public leader that cannot take time to join a private prayer circle of some kind, you may need to re-think why you do what you do. It is essential that we work as a team to protect one another from going too far without remembering our own frailty. Nehemiah got the people whipped up, the supplies rolling out – and old Rephaiah saw Jerusalem with NEW POTENTIAL.
11 MALKIYA the son of CHARIM and CHASHUV the son of PACHAT-MOAV repaired another section and the Tower of Furnaces. Gangel received his MDiv from Grace Theological Seminary, and also holds degrees from Taylor University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Concordia Seminary, and the University of Missouri.
King helped to organize the March on Washington in 1963 where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. These are common principles that most any manager has been schooled to recognize and work through.
Nothing slows recovery more than a team caught up pointing fingers instead of fixing problems.
These guys were PRIESTS – so they built because that was what the team was doing, and then they went back to being priests. An effective team focuses on reproduction, not simply of bodies, but hearts on fire for God’s communicated mission held in their hands.
People are forever, and we cannot neglect them – nor are you to feel that you have hired “us” to do that for the body – that isn’t Biblical.
Just take a moment and really let the Spirit challenge your motives, as I have to do the same. 12 Next to him ShallOOm the son of HALOCHESH, the official of half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs, he and his daughters. The Temple may have been full the day the elderly widow quietly offered her nearly worthless coin, but she may have been one of only a handful truly worshiping.
Nehemiah planned the journey and took the expedition on at great personal sacrifice – and that is what I am telling you a real burden properly grasped will look like in your life. They built it and hung its doors with its bolts and its bars, and a thousand cubits of the wall to the Refuse Gate.
Whatever goal God has put within you to accomplish – take an axe to that tree in daily, consistent, not exhaustive but powerful swings. We aren’t completely sure HOW the locations were chosen, but we are certain that Nehemiah had a hand in the selection and oversight – which is obvious from the passage we are reading.
If we consistently, patiently, diligently chop away – five times each day – a team will be built.

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Comments to Christian leadership team building activities


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Recognize this and reside within this reality.


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