A book that I usually read through once a year is a book by Craig Groeschel called IT.
In this book he asks 7 great questions that every team should wrestle through.
Here they are…
1. Vision Alignment – Do you have it? If you find yourself pulling in different directions all the time, you probably don’t. Many churches have a vision written out but don’t follow it. Do you have a God given vision? If so, do you clearly point people toward and remind them frequently of the vision. As Andy Stanley says – vision leaks, so always keep it at the front of all you do.
2. Divine Focus – If you have one, what is it? Are you willing to abandon things that are causing you to stray from your focus? What are we doing that we need to stop doing? Many have a “to do” list but not many have a “not doing” list. When was the last time you made a list?
3. Unmistakable Camaraderie – Do you love the people you work with? Do you truly have fun together working together and hanging out with each others families? When was the last time you had fun with the families you work with outside of work?
4. Innovative Mindset – How often do you get outside of your little bubble to truly be creative and innovative? It’s so much easier to replicate it than innovate it. Which of those do you find yourself doing more often?
5. Have A Very High Pain Tolerance – With new levels often come new devils. Do you have the willingness to endure and face criticism with grace? Worship Him through it all. When you are at work, work hard! Through the pain there is gain in the end. If we aren’t willing to do it or have our family be a part if it, should you be asking others to commit to it?
6. Willingness To Fail – Sometimes failure is necessary to succeed. It may hurt from time to time, but when you fail do you learn from it? What are we afraid to do that we haven’t tried yet? If you haven’t failed at something lately you are probably playing it fairly safe.
7. Have A Kingdom Mindset – In the midst of the business how can we bless others daily? Is the ministry we are a part of bigger than just us? Are we keeping what first excited us at the forefront of all we do? What am I sacrificing that will bless others along the way?
Take time to question and rethink where you are as a team. If you don’t there is a good chance you will be in the same place you are now next year.
If you have books or questions you go through as a team, I would love for you to post them here as comments.