008 – What does the Dwight Howard trade have to do with my worship team?
Week in Review
Dedication of new building on August 1st.
Steve Strang wrote about the dedication in his blog
Dwight Howard Interview | ClickOrlando.com
Most awkward interview ever
To be clear, I’m not saying that Stan or Dwight are bad guys. This isn’t about two people…it’s about seeing the affects of disunity on a team.
Proverbs 14:4 An empty stable stays clean, but no income comes from an empty stable.
Benjamin Franklin stated, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we will all hang separately.”
1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
We need blessing on our life and ministry. Understand that anointing always flows from the top down.
If you are trying to hijack a service and go with your own vision rather than your Senior leadership, you will have problems. No doubt!!
When these types of disunity come in to our ministry there are several factors in play.
1. Breakdown in communication:
2. No “Buy in” – without buy-in, there will be no passion for the cause/vision
We aren’t looking for “go-along”, we are looking for buy-in
Sources of Conflict
• Unresolved conflict (avoidance)
• Critical spirit
• Spiritually Unprepared
Uniformity vs. Unity:
Unity – acting as one
1 : having always the same form, manner, or degree
Uniformity – You can achieve an end result but if there is always chaos and drama, are you really operating in unity? Or is it simply uniformity…
You can bring a group of people together but in order to actually function well, it will take unity.
People can agree but it doesn’t mean that they are aligned.
Difference between agreement and alignment – Michael Hyatt
- Acceptance. This is the first and lowest level of unity. People acquiesce to your leadership without protest. They may or may not agree, but they decide to go along because the cost of objecting—whether real or perceived—is too great.
- Agreement. This is the second level of unity. People agree with your direction and generally support it. But they are not personally invested or committed to making it happen. You have their minds but not their hearts. This is why you may not experience resistance, but you can’t seem to make things happen.
- Alignment. This is the third and ultimate level of unity. People are with you. They are fully committed to making your common vision a reality. They also have your back and the backs of their teammates. They voice their support in public and their concerns in private.
How do we acheive unity / alignment?
1. Lay aside individual ego and individual gain for the good of the team.
2. Be pro-active in dealing with conflict
Conflict isn’t a terrible thing! It can actually be healthy if handled right.
a. go to the right person
b. don’t be garbage dump – listening to gossip
c. vague statements on twitter and Facebook don’t help your cause, they stir up confusion and dissension. Don’t go there!
• Pray for direction / Discernment
• Talk with the individual/group – Never punish a group when it only pertains to one individual!
• Be quick to ask forgiveness