Nigel Ring on November 27th, 2011

Initiator/Responder Continuing our ‘pairs’ of personality characteristics we will now consider the Initiator/Responder. This pairing is close to, but not identical with, Creator/Implementer. The Initiator is someone who wants to get on with the task in hand and is not frightened to take initiative. He or she will be willing to take the lead if […]

Continue reading about Teams that work – pt 10. Personality 2

Nigel Ring on November 21st, 2011

Personality tests? There are many personality tests which allow you and your colleagues to score yourselves in response to various questions. These result in defining you with particular personality types. For the team, or for serving in a church, I have found that a rather more pragmatic approach is often sufficient. Often people demonstrate certain […]

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Nigel Ring on November 14th, 2011

Matching need with availability Recently we explored the appointment of another trustee for the local church. (In the UK all churches have to be within a charity structure). The person I wanted (I am Chair) would have much to contribute and would complement the gifting already on the trustee body. But he is a very […]

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Nigel Ring on November 9th, 2011

Spiritual maturity Any team leader would like spiritually mature people on his team. Clearly, when building an apostolically-appointed eldership team this is not negotiable. Elders must have their own walk with God and be able to ‘take the rough with the smooth’ without falling apart. The people who are following must have the security that […]

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Nigel Ring on November 2nd, 2011

The role of the Spirit When Jesus returned to the Father he said to the disciples that it was good that he was going away so that the Holy Spirit would come (John 14). How is the Spirit manifest? Apart from his speaking to us and drawing our attention to Jesus in worship he gives […]

Continue reading about Teams that work – pt 6. Spiritual Gifts