17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player


If we are going to do Church well, it must be done as a team. No one can do it alone, no matter how talented they may be. In an effort to be a better piece of the team at The Journey Church I am reading the short John Maxwell book, “The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player“. I will be blogging about each chapter and interjecting my thoughts (like anybody cares!). Feel free to add to the conversation!

First Essential Quality of a team player: Adaptable

Some of Maxwell’s thoughts:

“Team work and personal rigidity just don’t mix”

If you want to work well with others and be a good team player, you must be willing to adapt to your team.

Adaptable people are

  • Teachable (not know-it-alls….always learning)
  • Emotionally Secure (they don’t consider everything a challenge or threat)
  • Creative (when hard times come they find a way)
  • Service Minded (hard to be stubborn and rigid when you’re focused on others)

To Become more adaptable

  • Get into the habit of learning
  • Reevaluate your role (are you better suited for a different role on the team?)
  • Think outside the box

Adaptable people think, “Not why it can’t be done, but how can it be done?”

Some of my thoughts:

Many churches will never grow or reach their potential due to the rigidity of the leadership

Being able to change, to adapt to do things outside of the box is one of my strengths.

A great compliment from a former boss….he said I was teachable. I hope I always will be.

We as pastors and leaders forget sometimes that the people we lead, sometimes the people we have as part of our core are not part of this pastor/leader subculture that we are and sometimes have a hard time adapting to doing new things because they just aren’t familiar with it. It’s up to us to cast the vision that allows people to be adaptable.

If The Journey Church is doing church the same way, if we’re singing the same songs in 5 years, in 10 years…just shoot me, because I’ve fallen into the same trap that I’m fighting so hard against right now. Today’s cutting edge will be tomorrow’s out of date.

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