National Association of Christian Ministers

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virtual team building

Virtual Team Building Exercises

Case Study in "Virtual Ministry"

Preliminary Information

Pretend you are a member of a church that averages 1,000 in regular attendance. The church selected you to serve on a church leadership team that is being organized to make a decision about a missions opportunity in Afghanistan.

 

Information

The team has been informed that missionaries are working in that area and have successfully established clusters of small groups conducting worship services underground.  The missionaries have requested that your church organize the technology necessary to offer theological training to the pastors leading the underground churches.  The plan is to use online collaboration technology (such as webcams) to meet with the elders of your church once a week for Bible training and prayer.

 

Call to Action

Your team has been given the responsibility to determine how much of the church budget should fund this mission.  The real issue here is not the money, but how your team will reach a final decision.  Below are your only four options:

 

A) Majority Vote - More than 50% of the church leadership team makes the decision. 

Benefits include time savings, and that the team's energy is conserved for decisions that require consensus. 

Drawbacks include the potential hiding of minority opinion, and the fact that decisions may not be supported by the entire team.

Scripture for Consideration:

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. (Pro 15:22 ESV).

 

B) Multi-voting - Each team member gets multiple votes; their top choices get more weight.  The team's top choice is the item with the most individual points. 

Benefits include time savings, and the fact that each team member has equal input.

Drawbacks include the fact that you don't know why team members voted one choice higher than another, and that votes may be too close to be useful if the team wants to select only one option.

Scripture for Consideration:

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Pro 27:17 ESV).

 

C) Unanimous Vote - All team members agree with and support the decision. 

Benefits include that the team must discuss many issues, and that a sense of solidarity is conveyed to those outside of the team. 

Drawbacks include that these decisions are the hardest to reach, and that its difficult to please everyone.

Scripture for Consideration:

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. (1Co 1:10 ESV).

 

D) Consensus - Everybody has a say, not all team members agree with the decision but will support the implementation of the decision. 

Benefits include that everyone "owns" the decision, team commitment and trust are created, all sides of each issue are aired, and everyone gets to voice his or her opinion. 

Drawbacks include the length of time it takes, the process is difficult to manage, and it can be overused.

Scripture for Consideration:

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. (Rom 15:1-2 ESV).

 

Assignment Instructions

 

As a team, please complete the following:

1) Discuss the “benefits” and “drawbacks” of each of the four decision options. 

2) Consider the scriptures associated with each choice.

3) After considering the scriptures, select one of the four options as the means by which to reach consensus.

4) Offer the rationale of the team in selecting your option.  Specifically, explain how the Bible guided the choice your team made.

 

 

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