Building Ministry Teams That L.A.S.T.

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Building Ministry Teams that LAST

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"Do we really need another book on team-building?

I think so.

Most people intuitively agree that when skilled practitioners (each with their own level of expertise) cooperate, things work "better" than if a leader tries to go it alone. We'd also readily admit that the old "command and control" management approach is ultimately ineffective when attempting to fully engage knowledgeable staff and customers.

Therefore, the idea of doing work in teams makes sense. That is why team-building books and seminars are hot. Yet, after the dust has settled, the conferences are attended, and the books read, it seems that much has remained the same. People may use the vocabulary of team, but groups' and organizations' behavior hasn't really changed.

Why is that?

Is it that people aren't really convinced of the benefits?

Is that leaders are reluctant to relinquish control?

Is it that staff members aren't willing to engage?

Perhaps.

However, I suspect that there may be a more fundamental issue at stake. For all the talk about the theory behind team, and for all the hope that team-building conversation has stimulated, I am convinced that many people are still not sure what it takes to create a highly-functioning team. How is a team different from a committee? How is a team different than a department? What are the interpersonal dynamics that distinguish great teams from other groupings of people?

This book explores and defines four hallmark practices that are foundational for creating and sustaining effective team work. Written from a ministry context, these principles have application across the board, and can help make the dream of team a reality."

About the Author:

Pieter Van Waarde is a writer, speaker, consultant and friend of spiritual seekers.

Born in the Netherlands, Pieter retains a love for his Dutch heritage and still speaks the language today. As the oldest of five children, he immigrated with his family to the United States in 1959. Growing up on the East Coast, he acquired a taste for New York Yankee baseball, New England clam chowder, and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Do those things even go together?

A product of the late 60's and early 70's, Pieter paid homage to the party gods before embarking on a spiritual quest that led him to pastoral ministry. He currently serves as the lead pastor of a contemporary interdenominational church, reaching several thousand people throughout Mid-Missouri. His church has twice been recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as the Small Business of the Year.

Pieter is also the founder and president of Team Building Resources, LLC -- a consulting firm specializing in team building, conflict resolution and leadership development. His company works with large, complex organizations, including the University of Missouri Hospital & Clinics, State Farm Insurance, and the Missouri Baptist Convention, as well as a variety of small business and non-profit organizations.

Pieter is a published author on the subject of team-building, and his articles have appeared in Focus on the Family magazine among other publications. Pieter has a Bachelor's degree in Communications and Masters degrees in both Business Management and Biblical Studies.

At his core, Pieter's passion is walking the path with people. He's fascinated by the journey and adventure of life, and is more interested in examining life's questions honestly than rehearsing over-used clichés.

Pieter and his wife of 26 years, Carol, have three children: Pieter, Mallory, and Curran. The Van Waarde's have called Columbia their home since 1994.

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