Sticky Teams Conference

This week, five of us from the Northshore team attended Northcoast Church’s Sticky Teams conference. Here are some insights that I captured from the speakers and breakouts:

1. Vision Clarity. Sticky teams and sticky churches have clarity around their God-given, locale-specific vision. Too many churches mimic other successful ministries and try to be someone they’re not called or created to be. Will Mancini talked about “the Kingdom Concept” (from his book Church Unique). What can our church do better than a thousand others? That’s not a question of arrogance but a question of clarity for our church in a time and place such as this. In this Kingdom Concept are three key factors:

  • PLACE – what are the unique needs and opportunities where God has placed us?
  • PEOPLE – what are the unique resources and capabilities that God brings together in us?
  • PASSION – what particular focus most energizes and animates our leadership and people?

2. A Culture of Servanthood. Wayne Cordiero, Pastor of New Hope Church in Honolulu, shared about developing a culture, not a “program,” of servanthood. He said, “50% of what you learn, you can learn from a sermon. But the other 50% is learned when you pick up the towel of a servant.” Churches and teams that are sticky are servant-hearted. Jesus said, “Only the greatest can be servants” (Matthew 23:11). We want to be great, but we don’t want to be servants.

3. Building a Sticky (Winning) Team. Larry Osborne, Senior Pastor of Northcoast Church, shared the qualities (and contrasts) of winning (and losing) teams:

  • Winning teams guard the gate of leadership. Losing teams let anyone in. Don’t promote talent over integrity.
  • Winning teams make unity a priority. Losing teams treat it as an afterthought.
  • Winning teams focus on their mission. Losing teams focus on their success.
  • Winning teams focus on empowerment. Losing teams focus on excellence & tenure.
  • Winning teams adapt for the future. Losing teams long for the past.

I highly recommend reading Larry Osborne’s book Sticky Teams. Here’s a review that I wrote of Larry’s book.

What would you add to the list of what make a team sticky?

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