Charitable groups and voluntary workers have just as valid a need to seek support in their Team Working as any other group. Use this page to help your PCC or organisation spot their strengths and weaknesses.
Firstly, ask your group to:
... agree on the validity of the statements as the key essentials (this version examines a church council), and
... vote confidentially on a scale of 1-4 for each one where 1 means I strongly agree and 4 is the opposite.
Each member should work on their own. Add up the scores and work on whichever you all think is the priority. You may need to unpack any reasons for your prioritisation! You're welcome to request support from THM to facilitate this exercise.
Our pastor/leader/convenor is a good all-round leader
- We all understand how decisions are made
Our church/group has a clear vision of its mission
- Issues are always dealt with in an open way
We work well with all the churches/groups in this area
- We are always honest with each other
We're ready to lay down our lives for our friends
- We all feel that we're pulling in the same direction
We all welcome both challenge and agreement
- The church council/leadership team submits to God's love and law / ... submits to the appropriate authorities
The teaching helps us to live as God wants us to live / The aims and working of the group aim outwards
- We feel ready to take on more work in the church/group
Each issue has its own merits, and can be the priority on different occasions. You may want to spend some time examining the results of this exercise before putting together proposals for a way forward.
You may wish to compare your workings with this Effective Teamwork check list. Teams work more effectively when the members:
- are clear about what the team has to achieve
- work together to achieve the aim
- use each others skills for the benefit of the team and its purpose
- deal with issues in an open way
- all show support for each other
- develop a high level of trust between each member
- co-operate, and welcome conflict as a means of improving their work
- know how decisions are made, and are invited to fully participate in the process
- respect leadership at all times, employing the leaders' input when it is needed
- regularly review how they work
- develop themselves regularly, and
- maximise their relationships with other groups