Last week, we had our first Three-Worlds team meeting here in Berlin. All of our crew was here (except for one), for an all-day meeting that covered a wide array of topics
In our region (Europe-Middle East), we are doing a team approach to mission and ministry. I've shared with you that our top priorities are to 1) Engage young people in cross-cultural ministry 2) Support empowered leaders under 45--that respect accountability and 3) create healthy inner-connectivity in the CHOG in this region and beyond. Through it all, we will help churches process the three worlds of Christianity: Traditional, Post-Christendom, and Non-Western Christianity.
Why a Team Approach?
As a result of making Mosaic, it became very clear that a lack of coordination and organization has left the Church of God in a very fractured and weak state. Our efforts are rarely unified, we create islands of isolation around the world, and it is always unclear who is accountable to who. In order to prevent this kind of chaos in our region, we will have to have a clear strategy and set of priorities (see the paragraph above). On top of that, we will have to be coordinated in our approach (hence the Three-Worlds team) to prevent making the mistakes of the past.
What has been our track record with teams?
Frankly, it's been awful. Why? Because teams are assembled in a haphazard way and (in typical CHOG fashion) we assume things will just work out. The reality is that people are complicated, they have different agendas, different skill-sets, different personality types---and all of these things complicate the picture. That is why it is vital for their to be clear leadership, a clear ethos, and a clear direction for any mission team. When these things are absent (or things are just assumed) usually disaster is soon to follow.
Is this centralized, autocratic rule?
No, because it is a team approach. The goal is to have people using their skill-sets to their full ability. To have people put into places where they really fit and can succeed. And the hope is that with a higher level of processing our mission-fields will be far healthier. They will not be subject to the whims of one person making decisions on their own that then doom everyone around them.
In order to get to that place, however, it requires strong leadership that is clear about how and what that team will attempt to do. That is where Jamie and I come in. We've identified the top challenges facing the CHOG, and we are mobilizing our efforts to that end. We are not trying to be all things to all people (that's non-strategic and unrealistic). Instead, we are focusing on what needs to be done, and what we can do well.
What kind of things were covered at the team meeting?
Here are some of the issues we covered: