Build high-performing, healthy teams equipped to close the gap between vision and action.
Your team is the most valuable asset you have for making progress toward your vision.
We’ve found many church staff teams operate in one of two extremes: They get along with each other but struggle to execute plans… or they are impressively productive but unhealthy and dysfunctional. And, of course, thousands of teams live in the spaces along that spectrum.
Great teams focus on both results and relationships.
What could happen if you began to experience the synergy of teams that are both high-performing and healthy?
- everyone knows their priorities and owns them
- meetings are marked by clear decisions and followed by immediate action
- the team is structured to support the ministry strategy
- you know how to assess performance and leadership capacity—and how to help people develop
- you are spiritually vibrant and flourishing
- you have candid conversations and resolve conflict well
- you all maintain good work/life balance
6 Aspects of High Impact Teams
Rooted in biblical principles and best practices, our Unstuck Teams process helps you alleviate team dysfunction, ineffectiveness, stress, tension and problems with follow-through. Specifically, we help your leadership assess and optimize the team in six key areas:
Systems & Structure
“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16
The Unstuck Teams Process
Through this process, we coach and guide your team to maximize its potential—
and that’s one of the most strategic investments you can make.
PHASE 1: ASSESS
Building a thriving, high-performing team is no small task. The first step in this process is to better understand your current reality. A clear assessment of where you stand today positions you to move forward.
The win for this phase of the process is that we establish a healthy starting point with a clear understanding of the gifts and strengths of your team members, as well as the underlying causes for the pain points you feel related to team performance and health.
There are four core components to this first phase:
Prior to the first sessions, your team will complete several online assessments:
- Unstuck Teams Assessment:
This tool starts clarifying your team story by providing a self-assessed aggregate perspective on your staff’s personal health, team health, personal performance, team performance, systems and culture.
- Individual Strengths Assessment:
Your staff will complete a strengths assessment that reveals—and helps you understand—the unique gifts and personalities you have on your team. Ephesians 4:16 tells us, “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” We need a variety of strengths to build strong teams.
- Vital Signs Assessment:
This objective tool helps clarify the bigger picture of your ministry’s health, drawing on data benchmarks from assessments with hundreds of churches. It will unpack 16 metrics that give an unbiased snapshot of the church’s overall health.
No metric alone tells the whole story, but we’ve found that the results of these three assessments combined brings a very clear perspective for framing up your church’s challenges and next steps.
Both the lead pastor and the executive pastor (or a second senior staff leader if you don’t have an executive pastor) will have individual time with your consultant to meet and set the stage. You’ll share your observations of what’s going right and what’s stuck.
You will also have a focused session together to preview the results of your online assessments, clarify the “wins” for this experience, and review the detailed roadmap for the entire process.
Your senior leadership team will meet for a facilitated conversation to review assessment results and begin to identify gaps in how your team and organization functions.
During this phase, we also facilitate an all-staff session to share the results of the strengths assessment with your team, and explore how you can leverage the learnings and begin working better together.
PHASE 2: STRUCTURE
This phase has two primary goals: To ensure your team is structured to effectively fulfill your mission and vision, and to help you assess and develop your staff so that everyone can function at their highest potential.
The win is that your leadership is equipped to assess performance, identify the right leadership structure for your team, and develop your people.
There are three core components to this phase, which begins approximately one month after the first:
In this session, your senior leadership team and departmental leaders will learn tools for effectively assessing their staff members’ performance and intentionally developing them.
Your consultant, your lead pastor and your executive pastor will work through a series of exercises designed to help you assess your existing staff leaders on character, chemistry, competence and culture, as well as identify capacity to lead at higher levels. You will map out specific plans to help all your leaders take their next steps and learn to use these tools in your ongoing management of the team.
This work session is a customized, collaborative experience for your senior pastor and executive pastor to process staffing and structure changes in real-time with your consultant. You will dig into specific roles, process who will be affected, look for gaps, and identify a schedule for rolling out changes in phases. This session also includes a close look at staffing allocations across the ministries of the church, and you will learn best practices for evaluating staffing ratios. Critical to this conversation will be confirming the makeup of your Senior Leadership Team.