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T- Teamwork “We work together to meet the needs of all our families”

"I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one--as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. " -Jesus

John 17:21

Q: How do we unify and strengthen our team?

"The better able team members are to engage, speak, listen, hear, interpret, and respond constructively, the more likely their teams are to leverage conflict rather than be leveled by it." Runde and Flanagan

  • Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability." --Patrick Lencioni
  • "None of us is as smart as all of us." --Ken Blanchard
  • "Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." --Vince Lombard
  • "The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion it has taken place.". -Peter Drucker
  • "The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said" -Peter Drucker
  • "Communication must be HOT.. honest, open and two-way" -Dan Oswald
  • "Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means." Ronald Reagan
  • "The art of communication is the language of leadership." -James Humes
  • "Lack of communication leads to lack of trust and that leaves room for doubt." -Amen Amare’
  • "When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion." Dale Carnegie
  • "Communication leads to community, that is to understanding, intamacy, and mutual valuing" -Rollo May
  • "Communication is what makes a team stronger." -Brian McClenan
  • "You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t communicate them effectively.. Your ideas won’t get you anywhere" -unknown
  • "Many problems of the world could be solved if we talked to each other instead of about each other." -Nickey Gumbel
  • "You never get peoples fuller attention than when you're listening to them." -William Feather
  • "A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside." -Denis Waitley
  • "Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community." -Anthony J. D'Angelo
  • "When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves." -Anthony J. D'Angelo

W- Worship

“We live a life that exemplifies our faith & invite others to follow”

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NIV

The only way to really live up this core value is to understand this verse. Look at Mary and Martha. Mary understood this, Martha did not. Striving and struggling on our own gets us nowhere. Coming to Him, changes us from the inside out. The Mary-Martha struggle has been a constant challenge for me. 

This morning I attempted to cook pancakes, post announcements, work on posting the pictures, fix hair and do laundry all in the same hour before church, needles to say, it was a disaster. Pancakes got burnt, nearly flooded the bathroom and lost everything I had written because changes weren't saved. it was upsetting at the time, but the LORD used these events to begin to refine me and impress upon my hearts these truths. He is so patient with me! :) I would like to share some thoughts with you. Please feel free to join the conversation by adding your comment bellow!

  • Let's break this verse down:
  • Jesus Says....
  • Come to Me: not our cell phones, friends, tv, nature, books, sleep, vacations or (fill in the blank)

Find Rest- true restoration not temporary distraction.

Take my yoke upon you- work alongside me, not behind me, not ahead of me,

learn from me- watch me work and imitate

gentle and humble- I'm not irritated, stressed, fatigued, overwhelmed, proud, self-sufficient

Find Rest- A systematic process unlocked by coming to him, working along side him and learning from him

Easy and Light- He has significantly greater responsibilities and larger load, yet he calls it easy and light. He is the master manager and seeks to teach us how to manage our lives most effectively and efficiently so we can also call our load easy And light

Yoked with Jesus you will-

  • Learn his ways- how to manage life
  • Always Be in the center of his will, doing his will not yours
  • Avoid wasted time and heart ache from mistakes through spiritual insight, he's walked the paths he knows the ropes
  • Accurately prioritize
  • Always have help wherever you are weak.or fall short because He will pick up your slack
  • Have Mental clarity and focus because it's always on Him, you're watching the master
  • Adapt an attitude of calm, gentle, and humility like his
  • Developed muscle memory, over time it will take less effort and thought as it becomes an everyday part of
  • Live life with no guilt and no regrets
  • Live life to the fullest and be able to pour into others. When we are weary and burdened we lose our joy and isolate because we feel we have nothing left to give. When our yoke is easy and burdens are light we feel joyful, confident, capable and available

How do we come?

C- call on him- ask

O- open our hearts to him.. clear away our ambitions and desires... seek

M- make room for him.. clear our

E- enter into his presence with expectancy... knock & the door will be opened!

  • FINALLY in closing... When we Come and we Yoke ourselves to Jesus Christ we are presenting our self as a living sacrifice. This is a beautiful act of Worship to our God.
  • "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." Romans 12:1
  • Lord, Please help us to stay in yoke with you. We know that apart from you we can do nothing. Give all of us rest and refreshment as we seek after you. Help us Lord to live a life of faith by sacrificing ourselves, walking in step with you that we may be an example of your love and invite others to follow.
  • In Jesus Name, Amen. 

E: Engage

“We engage eager learners with exciting opportunities!”

  • Have students listen for key words and do something when the hear a particular word. For example, make a spider with your hands every time you hear the word arachnid. Or stand up every time you hear a new character introduced in the story. Or make a butterfly every time you hear the word metamorphosis.
  • Have all students stand at the back of the room and listen for something and take one step forward every time they hear it, or pause through out your reading/lecture to ask questions. If they answer correctly they get to take a step forward similar to red light green light.
  • Hold a quiz after the lesson modeled after a game show like Jeopardy or Who wants to be a Millionaire?
  • Allow students to doodle during lecture and pick on students to share their drawings and summarize different parts of the lecture to the class
  • Convey the information more creatively, for example come in dressed up as a character and give an autobiography or have the students interview you.
  • Set up an interesting display of symbolic items regarding your lecture for students to ponder as they come into class. Have them guess in groups on what the various items mean. As you give the lecture, point to each of the items as they come up in your lecture. See which team guessed the most items correctly. This can also be done individually instead of in a team.
  • Make it relate-able . Set up a real life example that they can relate to then connect to the concept you are teaching.
  • Have students act it out. For example, demonstrate how the British fought by lining up students in rows and acting it out as you explain the steps. Students can act out all sorts of processes, from forming atomic bonds to acting out a metaphor.
  • Make up a song that summarized your main points. Make it to the tune of a familiar song or make up your own tune. Get the whole class to sing it. Make it even more fun with motions!
  • Show you class the joy or learning! ENGAGED Kids are the best learners and listener! How do you engage your class? 
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