Team D. It’s the group of people I get to serve, lead, and work with every day. Some of us are thinkers; others are feelers. Most are verbal processors; others are internal processors. A few of us engage debate as sport; others avoid conflict at just about any cost. It’s a circus. Actually, one of my teammates came to us from the circus. Literally. Anyway…
We don’t want the loudest idea to win; we want the best idea to win. If one person on the team wins and another loses…all of us lose.
For our team meetings, we collectively developed some rules of engagement to ensure that we talk with one anther, dream with one another, and fight with one another well. Here’s what we came up with:
TEAM D RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
We are charged with creating community and making disciples at National Community Church. This charge is a reflection of the Great Commission: Go make disciples of all nations. If we miss this target, we fail to live out our calling in our generation and we fail to serve our church well. We must be Biblical, intentional, thought-full, prayerful and creative. This isn’t about us as individuals. It’s about the Kingdom of God. It’s not about our preferences or opinions, it’s about making disciples.
As we see throughout the story of the Bible and the Church, God uses people of differing perspectives and opinions to accomplish goals that are much bigger than they are. The way ahead is often found in the tension. We choose to embrace that tension with humble confidence in order to discover how God wants to work in us and through us in this season at NCC.
We choose to promote, protect, and abide by these rules of engagement:
Prioritize Positivity. Make the first response positive.
Honesty and Honor
Engage issues critically; engage people positively. If you don’t like an idea, say that and say why you don’t like it. But honor the person. Use discretion- bring up the right topics in the right environment and the right time.
Differentiating Debate and Decision
Disagree in Debate; Commit on Decisions. This also means that Heather identifies which hat she is wearing when appropriate and/or needed.
Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has a voice. And everyone is required to participate. But at the end of the day, the name on the front of your jersey is more important than the name on the back. It’s not about one person winning and one person losing. It’s about winning as a team.
…and humor. It doesn’t need to be listed as a rule. It’s just going to happen. We embrace that.