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Chuck Lawless is Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary.
Years - Time - Church - Staff - Characteristics
Occasionally over the last few years, I’ve spent time with a church staff that seemed really happy together. Here are some characteristics that mark those teams:
They spend time together outside the office. They don’t run from each other as soon as the workday is over. They’re not “business acquaintances”—they’re friends.
Families - Names - Spouses - Children - Group
They know each other’s families. They know the names of spouses and children. Even the most introverted of the group fits in somehow.
They laugh a lot. That’s because they actually have fun together. They’re comfortable hanging out just for the fun of it.
Share - Vision - Commitment - Vision - Results
They work hard together. They share a common vision, and their commitment to that vision and to each other results in diligent, consistent work.
They help each other succeed. Nobody’s fighting a turf war. Everybody’s on the same team, and they know that the success of one contributes to the success of all.
Battle - Differences - Way - Times - Way
They battle out their differences in a healthy way. They disagree at times, but they do it in a biblical way. And, after they’ve reached...
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