outlines dysfunctions of a team in his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and the
first dysfunction he outlines is helpful to consider for ministry teams:
Dysfunction 1: Absence of Trust
Members of teams with absence of trust… (p.
their weaknesses and mistakes from one another.
to ask for help or provide constructive feedback.
to offer help outside their own areas of responsibility.
to conclusions about the intentions and aptitudes of others without attempting
to clarify them.
to recognize and tap into one another’s skills and experiences.
time and energy managing their behaviors for effect.
meetings and find reasons to avoid spending time together.
Members of trusting teams… (p. 197)
- Admit their weaknesses and mistakes
- Accept questions and input about their areas of
- Give one another the benefit of the doubt before arriving at
a negative conclusion.
- Take risks in offering feedback and assistance.
- Appreciate and tap into one another’s skills and experiences.
- Focus time and energy on important issues, not politics.
- Offer and accept apologies without hesitation.
- Look forward to meetings and other opportunities to work as a