Leading Ministry Teams, Part II: Research on Effective Teams with Implications for Ministry Team Leadership

From: Volume 6, Issue 2: Fall 2009, Leadership for Church Ministry Pages 265-281


To date, the major research efforts on teams and teamwork are found solely in the publications of Larson and LaFasto (1989, 2001) as well as those of Katzenbach and Smith (1993, 2001). This article reviews their major findings and continued research in the last 20 years. Research on effective ministry teams in Christian ministry contexts shows a number of common elements that affirmed both Larson and LaFasto's eight characteristics of effective teams and Katzenbach and Smith's description of effective group fundamentals. Implications for church and parachurch ministries are considered in light of the biblical and theological review in part I, as well as the two major research efforts reviewed in this part II.



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