This is an article I was asked to write for Healthy Growing Churches concerning the importance of building trust within your team.
The first time this phrase was uttered tension filled the air as the group I was leading forged into new territory. We needed to make progress but to do so would mean that we must trust…one another and God. Staying stuck in our familiar ruts would have been much easier but we weren’t willing to live with unfulfilled dreams.
This phrase, We will move at the speed of trust, unlocked the motivation to move forward. We realized that if we didn’t grant confidence in each other’s integrity we would miss out on what God had for us. We wanted the same thing and determined we would work together to get there. We would be my brother’s keeper. The result over the last six months has been steady progress for the Kansas City Coalition. We move at the speed of trust, has become our mantra.
At Healthy Growing Churches we are moving into uncharted territory as a network. We are building new partnerships and forging complimentary relationships. Great needs exist and it is obvious that doors of opportunity are opening but how should we proceed? We will move at the speed of trust.
Moving at the speed of trust means that we are honest about our hopes, needs, weaknesses and strengths. We give each other the benefit of the doubt. We tell the truth and demonstrate that we value the good of the whole over individual benefit. We don’t need to be needed. We don’t chase money, power, position or acclaim. We work together for the good of the Kingdom of God without looking for credit and without fear of the personal cost. We are willing to follow or willing to lead depending on the need of the hour.
Implicit in the above description is the need for humility and selflessness. Philippians 2 says, Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.
Days of unprecedented cooperation are upon us as movements of kingdom allies discover we are better together. We can seize the day if we move forward in trust. If we do not, it will be like it was in the time of Esther when Modecai declared, If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise from another place…who knows but what you have come into your position for such a time as this.
Put aside differences. Be honest about doubts for the purpose of working through them. Discard the culture of kindness that doesn’t voice true concerns and then refuses to trust and in so doing undercuts the possibility of kingdom alliance. Churches can be transformed. Health is within reach. Growth is attainable and growing churches can reproduce growing churches until we are a movement. If we move at the speed of trust we can become healthy growing churches.