About a month ago I created a list of “Team Commandments,” a list of eight principles that set the culture of how the staff team at Garden City Church operates. Whether you lead a church, a business, or something else, I think it’s helpful to create something like this for your team. Our Team Commandments are listed below, and here is a pdf: TeamCommandments.
TEAM COMMANDMENTS || GARDEN CITY CHURCH
How our team leads our church in making disciples to impact the city for Jesus
1 LEAD YOURSELF
Everything rises and falls on leadership, so the biggest opportunity and problem in what you lead will always be yourself. Your leadership flows out of your relationship with Jesus, so your top priority is enjoying a strong walk with Jesus and keeping yourself healthy, joyful, excited, soaked in the Word and prayer. In a city that never stops, you must completely rest from your work sundown Friday-sundown Saturday. Send any last team communication by 4pm Friday, then shut down your computer and start relaxing. We are a results-based work environment, so we don’t care how many hours you work or where you work, but you must Sabbath weekly. This will keep you working from your identity, not for an identity.
2 LIVE A SUPERNATURAL LIFE
Don’t settle for a ministry limited to your resources and abilities. Push into the seemingly impossible and ask God to show up. We want leaders with God-sized visions that keep them up at night. You are expected to dream big, pray big, play big—to cause a ruckus in our city and lead others to do the same.
3 CLARIFY THE WIN
Get clear on the vision and purpose for all ministry environments and events. Remember, good leadership involves 4 steps: Awareness -> Vision -> Strategy -> Courage.
4 TINKER CONSTANTLY
Face reality, get feedback, be teachable, repent, turn critics into coaches. Fail fast and turn it into a win. Listen to our city of 2 million people who don’t know Jesus yet. Devour content that sharpens you. Chase good ideas. Hold fast to our mission, values, and “simple” culture, but change and invent everything else. Solve problems and lead.
5 STAY FOCUSED & SPREAD OWNERSHIP
Stay focused on how you can make the greatest impact as a leader. Say “no” to many things so you can say “yes” to the best things. Pour your energy into your strengths and strategic initiatives. Everything you do is ultimately about making disciples—knowing, loving, training, and sending leaders who feel ownership to make an impact in our church and city. Constantly hand off ministry and give people lanes to run in that fit their strengths. Adults learn best on a “need-to-know” basis, so make handoffs and trust that the best training happens on the job. Look for leaders who are humble, hungry, and smart. Over-communicate encouragement. Frequently tell people what they’re good at.
6 COMMUNICATE STRATEGICALLY
You cannot not communicate; every behavior is a form of communication. Our city is drowning in information overload, so figure out how to communicate for maximum impact. Clarity wins.
7 RUN TO THE TENSION
Conflict is normal. Deal with tension and problems directly and promptly. Promptly go straight to the source and lead others to do the same. Trust is the oil that makes relationships work and navigating conflict with direct communication, honesty, humility, and vulnerability will grow trust.
8 HAVE FUN
Take God seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Make life and leadership as fun as you possibly can. More fun = more impact and less burnout.