EP. 08: THE “K” IN TEAMWORK IS FOR KEEP ON LEARNING

All leaders are learners. The moment you stop learning, you stop being a leader. As I consult with churches, I’ve seen that growing churches require growing leaders.

Another proverb says “The intelligent man is always open to new ideas. In fact, he looks for them.” (Proverbs 18:15, LB) Do you do that? Do you encourage your team members to keep on growing, developing, and learning? At Saddleback, our staff is constantly reading books and listening to tapes to sharpen their skills and develop their character.

If you practice these eight T.E.A.M.W.O.R.K. values with your team, you’ll experience a new level of teamwork in your church that will take your ministry to new heights.

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Tyler Hofer:

All right, we are at the final value letter for this talk. So you’ve made it all the way. I feel like we need a drum roll for this last one.

Mingo Palacios:

We did it! It’s the last value.

Tyler Hofer:

So, we are on letter “K” and the value for that is knowledge. And really what we’re talking about with this value is that as a leader, as someone who’s in a position of leading teams or is on a team, you need to continually be learning in that position. And so I think we should’ve put leaders are learners or being a learner, but it doesn’t fit with our acronym.

Mingo Palacios:

Right. Right. Yeah don’t mess it up dude.

Carolina Corrales:

Don’t mess it up.

Tyler Hofer:

But in Proverbs 18:15, it says that intelligent people are always ready to learn. You can underline always there. Not sometimes, but all the time they’re continually learning and it says their ears are open for knowledge. And so some of the points that I want to talk about here is that no one knows everything, but everyone knows something. So in any team that we have, any environment, we need to understand that, that no one knows everything. No one is the all powerful source of knowledge on that topic.

Mingo Palacios:

Although some people might think they are.

Tyler Hofer:

Yeah.

Mingo Palacios:

But this is actually a great way to dispel that spirit of like, “Oh I am actually the carrier of all this information.”

Tyler Hofer:

Then on the flip side of that is that everybody knows something that other people don’t know and they can contribute. This all ties in so closely with the other values we’re talking about, about encouraging people to give their ideas, to ask questions and to know that everybody can contribute their knowledge to the mission that’s at hand.

Mingo Palacios:

I do agree with you that a great way to cap it is the idea that leaders are learners. Right? And I think that there are some people who will like self declare that there’s nothing more to be learned concerning that position. Think of like somebody who runs like maybe coffee or maybe like as a greeter and they go like, “I know everything about this” and the minute that confession comes out of their mouth, they’ve actually revealed that they are done learning, which means, you know, you have to really ask the question like are you really leading? Like, is that the best foot forward here that you can actually arrive at the sum total of everything there is to know about this particular opportunity?

Carolina Corrales:

Yeah.

Mingo Palacios:

You’ve got to really check the heart of somebody who like confesses like, “I’ve reached the Max Pinnacle of this experience.” It might even be an opportunity to move somebody through the ministry. Maybe it’s time to draw them in at a deeper level and say, “Well, you don’t know everything about x.” Maybe it’s like, “You might know a lot about that particular position, but why don’t you come closer, serve in even more a deeper level and learn a few more things concerning this area. It’s a great challenge for somebody.

Tyler Hofer:

Yeah. And Sometimes Carolina and I get together and talk about volunteers that we see that are ready to take that next step. And teachability is always one of the things that we come to. Are they teachable? Are they willing to learn? Yeah. Are they ready to take that next step and be teachable in that?

Carolina Corrales:

And we have an acronym for that.

Tyler Hofer:

We do. F-A-T-E-S.

Mingo Palacios:

[laughing]

Carolina Corrales:

Faithful, available, teachable, and eager.

Tyler Hofer:

Eager. Right? I think so. Enthusiastic, eager, it could go either way. Yeah.

Mingo Palacios:

For another teaching lesson.

Tyler Hofer:

We’ll unpack that later.

Mingo Palacios:

So good. But just the fact that knowledge, the value of learning and you know, I’ll tell you what will work against this. This is such a great point. It’s interesting that it’s the last point because if you’ve had several seasons inside of any camp, you might think that you’re done. Like, “I know this place through and through like the back of my hand” and I’ll just challenge any buddy listening, anybody on a team or anybody leading a team, there’s always more to learn. And it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the practicum of doing the particular ministry, but it’s learning about the people that have signed up for the ministry. That is an endless well of learning opportunity. And sometimes we fall short because we think we need to become masters of the thing. And you forget that God calls us to be great stewards of the people who come into our camp. And so don’t stop learning. Don’t, call it a day once you’ve mastered the checklist, but remember that it’s about learning the rhythms of the people that are coming in to your ministry circle.

Carolina Corrales:

Yeah, absolutely.

Tyler Hofer:

Yeah. So to put a bow on this point, our last value is that leaders are continually learning that nobody knows everything, even though they think they may know everything, but everyone knows something that they can contribute to what the mission is.

Mingo Palacios:

That’s awesome.

Tyler Hofer:

Yeah.

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