In order to realize the vision of Synergy leadership, we need at least 15 family units. We want to foster the development of a structure that would create a church planting movement not only in South Africa but also in the Southern African region.
Teamwork, pursuing a shared goal, is essential. We need to be able to work together to develop a structure to communicate the gospel, disciple believers, mentor church planters, and establish churches. In a team environment, one must be willing to work toward the success of the team's goals. As a result, one's personal preferences may have to be subordinated to the team's principles. However, unity and not uniformity is essential. There is room for a wide variety of approaches to ministry. The team does not believe in micro-managing ministry.
The successful team that makes up Synergy Leadership needs to be diverse yet unified. We must be willing to embrace diversity on a number of levels: culture, race, education, experience, philosophy of ministry, ministry focus, mission affiliation, etc. We are fully aware that as a result of the heterogeneous nature of the team, we will experience conflict of ideas. We must be careful to maintain unity in the face of these differences. We must strive for cohesion. We must harness these differences to ignite synergy.
The idea of “synergy” is that the best ideas come forth from meaningful collaboration and debate among equals. Our goal is that these “best” ideas survive and shape the future.
1. Mutual Respect
We must demonstrate equal respect for all irregardles of ministry focus, level of education, mission board affiliation, cultural background, or whether one has just joined the team. We realize that as new individuals join our team, the team will change.
2. Trust and Accountability
We must trust and be accountable to one another. This trust is built on the concept of mutual respect and is reflected in a determination not to be easily offended. In order to ensure that we are both effectively and efficiently reaching our goals, we all must submit to regular evaluation. Constant ongoing evaluation of our progress as a team in regard to achieving our vision is critical.
3. Honesty and Transparency
Honesty and transparency is another team value. In order for us to achieve synergy in ministry, we must be creative, open, and honest. We must be willing to listen to, critically evaluate, and take risks in implementing new and creative ways to do ministry. In addition, when necessary we need to revise our strategy. We must embrace conflict of ideas and guard our hearts that this does not become personal.
4. Relationships Characterized by Grace
We must be "kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God, in Christ, forgave us" (Eph 4:32).