Leading Teams with Care - Lesson 1

Introduction to Leading Teams with Care

You will learn about Christ-centered leadership in this lesson, including the role of the heart in leadership, leadership as service, and the example of Christ. You will also gain insight into leading with care and compassion, building and leading effective teams, and the characteristics of effective teams.

Rick Sessoms
Leading Teams with Care
Lesson 1
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Introduction to Leading Teams with Care

Lesson: Christ-Centered Leadership - Leading Teams with Care

I. Session 1: The Heart of a Christ-Centered Leader

A. Introduction

B. Defining Leadership

C. The Role of the Heart in Leadership

D. Leadership as Service

E. The Example of Christ

II. Session 2: Leading with Care and Compassion

A. Introduction

B. Caring for the People You Lead

C. Compassion as a Leadership Trait

D. The Example of Christ

III. Session 3: Building and Leading Effective Teams

A. Introduction

B. The Importance of Teams

C. Characteristics of Effective Teams

D. Building Teams

E. Leading Teams

F. The Example of Christ

Class Resources
  • Learn about Christ-centered leadership, including leading with care and compassion, building and leading effective teams, and the example of Christ.
  • Learn about the importance of caring for your team, trusting God with your team's vision, people, and resources, and cultivating Christ-Centered teams.
  • Learn how to lead teams with care, build trust, and communicate effectively through this lesson on Christ-Centered Leadership.
  • This lesson on Christ-centered leadership covers the dynamics of teams, the importance and benefits of Christ-centered leadership, leading with purpose and vision, and creating a culture of care.
  • This lesson teaches you the importance of leading with care, how to develop a culture of care in leadership, and practical steps for leading with care.
  • Learn how to care for team members and create a culture of caring as a Christ-centered leader, and discover the benefits of doing so, including increased team member engagement and productivity, higher job satisfaction, and improved communication and collaboration.
  • This lesson on Christ-Centered Leadership covers leading teams with care, leading with vision, and leading with wisdom, providing knowledge and insight on building a healthy team culture, communicating a compelling vision, understanding the nature of wisdom, and applying biblical wisdom to leadership decisions.
  • By completing this lesson on Christ-Centered Leadership, you will gain insight into team building, leading with care, creating a culture of care, and balancing results and care.
  • Learn how to lead your team with care by understanding the importance of caring for your team members, effective communication, and setting clear expectations.
  • In this lesson, you will learn how to lead with care by understanding the importance of caring for your team, the qualities of a caring leader, and practical strategies for creating a safe environment, building relationships, providing support, and offering encouragement and recognition.
  • In this lesson on Christ-Centered Leadership, you will learn the importance of leading teams with care, how to practice it practically, the role of emotions in leadership, and effective communication methods.
  • Learn how to lead and develop a caring team, overcome obstacles to team sustainability, and gain insights into the characteristics of a leader who cares and a caring team.
  • This lesson on Christ-Centered Leadership will teach you how to lead teams with care, lead through change, and lead with humility.
  • Learn how to be a Christ-centered leader who cares for your team by understanding the biblical foundations, creating a culture of care, leading through change, and sustaining care for yourself and your team.
  • This lesson on Christ-Centered Leadership provides knowledge and insight into creating a safe and secure environment, promoting individual growth and development, building a cohesive team, developing a culture of care, and practical tips for leading teams with care.

Teamwork is the will of God for the people of God.

Dr. Rick Sessoms
Leading Teams with Care
Introduction to Leading Teams with Care
Lesson Transcript

[00:00:02] Well, welcome to the course. Number two entitled Leading Teams with Care. I'm excited about this particular course because this is where we get practical about Christ in our leadership. The first course leading a healthy church culture. We're focused primarily on what the basics are all about, of being Christ centered leader, and how then to lead people into a healthy. Or to call it a different use, a different term, a Christ centered culture. And so with that is the backdrop with that is the foundational piece. Now we get to build use some building blocks to begin to get practical about what it means to lead and function in that kind of a context. So this course, the second course of four, is entitled Leading Teens with care that that care CRT stands for something that we will become very familiar with in the course of the these next few hours. But a great starting place is to begin with scripture. I love this this verse in Genesis, where the very beginning God said, Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air of the livestock over all the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground. There is that plural designation, and let us make man in our image. I'm not sure that the Bible writers would have used the word tame to describe the Trinity, but certainly the concepts are there. What do we see in the Trinity that reminds us of what we understand about teams? When you think of the Trinity and I use the word team, what comes to mind? Exactly. Great unity in John Chapter 17. In fact, Jesus was praying for his disciples and he said, I will remain in the world no longer. 

[00:02:17] But they are still in the world and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name that you gave me so that they may be one as we are one. So they are the great example of our unity, of our oneness is indeed the Trinity itself, which was there before the beginning. So we see that unity. What else do we see in the in, in the in the Trinity that reminds us of team? Can you think of anything else? Exactly. So there is unity and there's these complementary functions so that the father has a function. The we go through this in some detail. The role of the son, the role of the Holy Spirit. Certainly various, perhaps overlapping functions at times, but definitely a distinctive in terms of their functions. So we see that unity and that diversity, that unity and that designation of function without sacrificing value. All three persons of the Trinity are certainly of extreme and infinite value to us all. So from the very beginning, from the very creation account, in fact, before the beginning, we see this this notion of trinity of team bleeding through, even in the Trinity as we as we watch it unfold. And then, of course, as the writer of Genesis reminds us when he when God determined to make man, he said it's not good for a man to be alone. I will make a helpmate. So there was that that sense again, that that were made for one another. We're not made to be alone, but we're made to be in relationship with each other. And then moving over to the New Testament. What do we see? What do you see about team that's built into this text in spirit? Instead, Paul writes The evasion, speaking the truth in love. 

[00:04:22] We will, in all things grow up in him. Who is the head that is Christ for him. The whole body joined and held together by every supporting ligament grows and build itself up in love as each does its work. What are the implications if we use the word team? Now, obviously Paul used the word body, but if we use the word team to describe what Paul's talking about here, what are some of the principles that he's talking about? And he teaches teaching in these verses. Thoughts. Common purpose. Common purpose, which is? Well, they're trying to glorify Christ. Okay. Glorifying Christ, as well as in making him known. And so according to this verse, it's building each other ourselves up in love. So it's a building up. It's a growing up. It's a maturity process that we're after. What else do we see here? Connected. Working together. Okay. The emphasis is on the connectedness. I'm not a I'm not a a person that understands medicine very well, does it? But maybe somebody here can tell us the function of a ligament. What's. What's the function of a ligament? Yeah. What's that? What's, what's the function of a ligament? Ligament that holds something in place. And it restricts its movements. Okay. So restricts it and holds it in place. So it's it it's it's it's holding something else besides itself in place. Is that right? Right. Okay. In two months or two months, those two homes next one, go on to another one. Interesting. What else does this teach here? There is a head. Who is? Christ. Jesus. Anything else that comes out of this text about team growing and building up in love. Right. So that's the goal is growing and building up in love. 

[00:06:27] So there's one hand. There's many members. And again, there's a complementary nature there. Each part is doing its work in the unity towards the common. Towards the common goal. Yeah. So I want to make a strong statement and I'd like your reaction to it. I believe teamwork is the will of God for the people of God. What do you think about that statement? Well, if God indeed design it from relationship out of that relationship has to come some sort of fruit. And that fruit is the word. And the fruit can only be accomplished by a team, some plant, some farmers. We all have different functions in this garden or this this process of drawing together. And so I do believe it's exactly to in. But I disagree. I personally don't disagree that I've seen people who don't demonstrate that leadership kind of the Lone Ranger thing. Mm hmm. Well, we'll have a chance to explore that a little bit more because there are some nuances to that and some complexities to it. But that's just a starting state. And the reason I say that is because the corporate world today, teambuilding and teamwork is a fad. It's very trendy. It's something that if you walk into corporate America, for example, most everybody has had training and exercises on how to build teams. It's a very popular and quite frankly, very profitable kind of enterprise today. Ultimately, that isn't what this course is about. It isn't about success or profitability, but it's about being faithful to who God has called us to be as His people. It. This idea of teamwork actually grows out of who we are. It grows out of our identity as believers and it grows out of our identity and who we belong to as is. 

[00:08:59] As the Trinity demonstrated it so well for us in creation. And Paul talks about what we're called to. The word that we use in modern parlance is team building is teamwork. So it this this whole notion of team is a high calling. It's and so I hope that from the very beginning this is not just a way to be successful, but it really at the core of it, we're doing it because it's the right thing to do. We're doing it because it's what we're called to do and to be is God's own. What do you think about that? I'm just interested in your reaction to that. I'm reminded of the example that you gave us the first time we met, and that's that during the Civil War, so many folks lost their lives. They were all volunteers, and a lot of we were fighting against friends, family and neighbors. But they did it for three reasons. They did it because they were committed to the cause or the purpose or were that you use that calling. Secondly, they were committed to the community, that family or whatever that entity that they were part of. And thirdly, to the leadership. Great points. So this this community, this this building, the team is a community. If we don't build a team, a community, a family, how we define right, we probably will not accomplish a commitment to accomplish to get to where we're going. Other thoughts. Comments. Are you putting any definition on the size of these teams? Because you can. I mean, I don't know if I really think of like a congregation as a team. They might work together in community and relationship is important there. But in sort of like the secular sense, that wouldn't be a team, you know, teams, maybe a smaller, you know, half a dozen people kind of thing. 

[00:11:05] So when is that going to come in? We will get into that discussion. What is a team? And it does relate to size somewhat. And we will get into some specific definitions in in not too long down the road. It's a good question, though. It's a very good question. Where what point does a team become a community is the question. Great question. Well, any effective team has goals. And wants to move forward as a unit to reach those goals. That's why we like being on teams, because teamwork can help us to go forward. So the question is, as you reflect on the teams that you have been on in the past and maybe present. How would you rate the effectiveness of those teams? I'd like to ask you to do a little individual exercise, and I'm not going to embarrass you or anything with this, but. Think about the teams that you've been on before. And then the teams that you're on now, and you might want to jot down a few of those teams maybe in the last, I don't know, 5 to 10 years. Spending on your age and your experience. And put a numerical value, if you can, next to the team's effectiveness. So far. In your experience, how would you rate the effectiveness of that team? And numbering one in ten, one being the lowest numbers. One is that this was a pretty lousy team and ten being man, we need to teach the Trinity a lesson or two. So 1 to 10. Okay. What would be your ratings? So just take a few moments and write. Write that down. 

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