Team Time!

One of the things I love the most about leading our team is the out-of-the-office time together.  Usually the schedule is insanely full and we’re exhausted when we get back.  This trip was no different in that regard, but the highlight of our time together for me was the candor, vulnerability and honesty our team shared in our short 24 hours together.

I used this quote from Bill Hybel‘s new book Axiom to kick off our time together:

“It’s the great temptation for small groups of people to slide into a state where they’re not quite telling each other the truth and they’re not quite celebrating each other.  Instead, they tolerate each other, they accommodate each other, and they settle for sitting on the unspoken matters that separate them.”

Hybels calls this settling for “Pseudo Community”

Although our schedules said that this wasn’t the best time to take a 24 hour getaway together, I know without a doubt that as a team we needed this time to reconnect and fight the pull of “pseudo community”.

Here are a few pics to enjoy and be sure to check out the video on Wilson’s blog!

I’d love to know… what are you doing to fight “pseudo community” with your teams?

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  • brandiandboys October 22, 2008  

    great pictures! so glad you all got to have a little fun together!

  • Travis Thompson October 22, 2008  

    HOLY COW!!!! That’s a great quote from Hybels – I’m using that . . .

  • Vince October 22, 2008  

    Looks like a great time.

    it was awesome talking with you Jenni

  • waswrittenin October 22, 2008  

    HAHAHA! I just posted a picture on my blog from our sales meeting last week… 😉 I am glad ya’ll had fun.

  • Anita October 23, 2008  

    Pseudo community. I will be using that term. I’m going to look into that book. It looks like you guys had a great time!

  • Marla Saunders October 23, 2008  

    Pseudo-community: great description for something we are all familiar with. People in your pseudo-community are the ones who you connect with, but if they were to move away you’d probably not remember to send them an email once in awhile, let alone visit them.

    Being quite transparent, I think that our church struggles with pseudo community because of its sheer size. So the question is: how do we change it? Somehow I feel that doing life together in our homes is important to breaking down some of those barriers. That’s going to be my emphasis for the fall.