Albert Haynesworth and Church Staff

I am a Redskins fan.  I was born that way, I will die that way.  While growing up Washington Redskins football was a religion in my home, and I was (am?) a fervent disciple.  The recent drama involving Albert Haynesworth has gotten me thinking about building a leadership team for churches, and the different personalities that we need to knit together to develop a team that embraces the calling that is placed upon the local church.

Patrick Lencioni’s book Silo’s, Politics, and Turf Wars does a great job of working through some of the barriers that keep us from being able to function as a true team, but there are times in which people are just trying to get theirs.  Fast Company recently shared a diagnostic tool that helps to determine whether your team is made up of greedy and selfish jerks.  This is a basic true false quiz that forces you to think about who is on your team.  Some of my favorites:

Does your staff:

  • Say “we” but think “me.”
  • Do what is best for themselves first and rarely what is best for their team or the organization.
  • Often ask for help from colleagues but rarely return the favor.
  • Hoard their ideas because, after all, there is no reward for sharing them with colleagues.

The best part of working on a church staff team is that the mission is spelled out quite clearly in scripture: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20). Unfortunately it is easy for us to get caught up in building kingdoms instead of building The Kingdom.

How do you work to ensure that your team is on the same page?

How have you handled staff members that lose sight of The Kingdom and begin to build their kingdom?


About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through MinistryBriefing.com and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.