Monday, October 13, 2008

The Enemies of Unity

Like I said in an earlier post, I really, really loved Dave Ramsey's talk at Catalyst. I think it is so relevant to any person involved in any kind of Kingdom endeavor because we have an enemy who "comes to steal, kill and destroy." God really spoke to me through this talk and Dave had some great notes that I wanted to pass on. I know it's a long post, but it will definitely be worth your time (and I need to review).

Few Churches or organizations experience real unity. Only when you're on the same page do you get things done. Genesis 11:5 (interesting passage) shows the amazing power of unity. Most of our organizations do not achieve their full potential because they aren't unified.

The 5 main enemies of unity:

1. Poor Communication
  • Poor communication can take many forms, but when the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing, strife sets in. You have to create communication. You must work at it.
2. Gossip
  • STOP IT!!! Gossip is degrading and will destroy a church or organization. Gossip is on the same list as sleeping with people you're not married to, homosexuality and other "big" sins. Have a zero tolerance for gossip because it destroys what you are trying to do together.
  • A successful leader develops and maintains a culture in which negatives are handed up and positives are handed down. Don't talk to people about a problem that they can do nothing about.
  • Be definition, gossip is when a negative is discussed with anyone who can't help solve the problem.
3. Unresolved disagreements
  • DEAL WITH IT!!! Unresolved disagreements happen when a leader doesn't know they exist or when that leader avoids confrontation. A leader has to have a backbone. Avoiding confrontation is wimpy.
  • A little confrontation cleanses the wound and allows the parties to go forward in a spirit of unity.
  • When you are aware there are hurt feelings and/or disagreements, act quickly and decisively. An indecisive leader is not a leader.
4. Lack of shared purpose
  • Lack of shared purpose is caused when the leader doesn't restate the goal, the vision and mission early and often.
5. Sanctioned Incompetence
  • It has been said that sanctioned incompetence demoralizes. Deal with incompetence.
  • Team members will eventually become demotivated when someone else on the team can't or won't do their job and a leader will not take action.
For the sake of unity in the entire group, the leader must go to battle early and often with any of these enemies of unity. When unity is valued in the culture, the team will also act to keep these enemies from the gate.

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