Team & Team Building

Nicole M. Martin
Instructor: Nicole M. Martin
Code: CL670
Section: CO1
Location: Charlotte, Digital Live
Schedule: Online with residency
Dates: Apr 21–23

Course Description

None of us is as smart as all of us. — Ken Blanchard

Successful ministry hinges on the grace-filled integration of individual members working as one Body. Throughout the Scriptures, God calls us to live out our unique callings within the context of the Kingdom and as part of God’s “team.” This reality is important for all who live as disciples and is especially critical for those who serve in Christian ministry.

The purpose of this course is to help students, as current and potential team members and leaders, to appreciate the theological and managerial rationale for the use of teams in ministry. In addition, they will acquire and develop the skills needed to build and sustain an effective ministry team. Key principles, strategies and interaction will facilitate the learning process.

Students will also be exposed to the functions of teamwork, recruitment, team formation, barriers to team building, and key principles of conflict management.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to do the following:

  1. Explain the Biblical roots of teamwork.
  2. Define the characteristics of an effective team and demonstrate how those characteristics best function in their particular setting.
  3. Understand how to build an effective team and facilitate building one in the weekly exercises of team building.
  4. Lead various team sessions.
  5. Understand the stages of building a team and the life cycle of a team.
  6. Facilitate role clarification and conflict management, including when to ask a team member to leave and how to insert a new team member.
  7. Recognize the key barriers that impede team growth.
  8. Use various tools and exercises to develop and understand the strengths and weaknesses of team members and compensate accordingly.

Reading List

  1. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable. Patrick M. Lencioni. (2002)
  2. Living into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us. Christine D. Pohl. (2011)
  3. Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community. Brett McCracken. (2017)
  4. Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership. Ryan Hartwig and Warren Bird. (2015)
  5. Leading Across Cultures: Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church. James Plueddermann. (2009)

Apply by January 15th

Accepting applications for Spring 2021 degree programs through December 15, 2020. Applications for individual courses accepted through January 15, 2021.
Detailed Application Dates & Deadlines


The following tuition rates are for new students enrolling (without a declared degree) in one of our online courses.

*Tuition rates for students enrolled in a declared degree program may vary by campus. See tuition & fees for more information.


$ 350

No Additional Student Service Fees

Best for: Personal Enrichment

Participation: Auditors are restricted to non-participating member status in classes. In other words, auditors may not:

  • Participate in class discussion (except as authorized by the instructor according to the terms included in the course syllabus)
  • Submit written work
  • Sit for exams for the purpose of receiving an evaluation.

Credit/Grading: Auditors do not receive graduate credit nor a grade. Your Gordon-Conwell transcripts will note "AU" in place of a grade reflecting that you audited a course.

Application Requirements:

  • Online application.
  • No additional materials required.

Special Non-Degree Student

$ 1650

24% Discount off standard tuition; Student service fees apply.

Best for: Students who desire structured feedback or anticipate enrolling in a future degree program.

Participation: Special Non-Degree Students are fully enrolled students expected to participate in all elements of a course as outlined in the course syllabus.

Credit/Grading: Your Gordon-Conwell transcript will reflect a letter grade, and course credit may be applied toward a future degree program. If you are new to graduate-level coursework and nervous about grading, you may elect to take the course for Pass/Fail. Rather than receive a grade, your transcript will only reflect whether or not you received a passing grade. Degree programs allow a limited number of pass/fail courses.

Application Requirements:

  • Online application.
  • Undergraduate transcript(s).
  • Reference required if undergradute GPA is under 3.0.

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