A few nights ago in my small group, the leader asked an icebreaker question: When have you worked with a team to accomplish a goal? It was a great icebreaker because it led into a discussion about Jesus calling his disciples, but many of our group members were stumped. Even I'll admit it took me a while to think about it. When we did come up with examples, most of our answers referred back to high school, which is a little distant for most of us.
Why is it that all we could think of were examples from high school sports teams and school projects? Is it that we don't work in teams after the age of 18?
It dawned on me that as your small group works together to accomplish goals of spiritual growth, missional living, and caring for one another, it may be the first time in a long time that your members have worked on a meaningful team. In light of this truth, we need to do two things:
First, we must highlight this opportunity. What a privilege it is to work with others and accomplish a goal we could never accomplish on our own! We must value this opportunity ourselves and model it to our group members. And when we do accomplish something we really need to celebrate it to show our group members that it's a big deal.
Second, we must realize that we'll have to work through team dynamics. When we're all used to working on our own, team unity won't happen instantly. That's why it's critical that you work through group dynamics issues and through any conflict that may arise. Our newly updated resource will definitely help you out in this area.
So tell us: What has your group accomplished as a team? What has helped you come together as a unified team?