In 2006, I was together with my pastor friends, Jeff Boggess, Mark Jenkins and Hank Brooks (who are all speaking at PCC this month). As usual, the conversation was dominated by church talk and we often talk about how to best lead our staffs. Hank gave me great insight into how he does staff retreats and I knew it was something I needed to do. Our first one was in 2007, then again in 2008. We skipped last year because the economy was so bad. And, were it not for a very generous PCC family who let us use their lake house, we might have had to skip 2010.
We accomplished a lot on this staff retreat. Eleven staff members went and we were able to agree to and flesh out the details of a unified Rallying Cry for PCC for from now through January (I'll share more on this in the coming days).
We also got a lot done relationally. The first part of our retreat was all about building trust and overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team. I strongly encourage you to get and read this book by Patrick Lencioni. Click here to get it.
We have a wonderfully gifted staff at PCC. They love our church, they work long hours and make major sacrifices to help us accomplish our mission. Most folks will never really understand what we do, but I am incredibly thankful and feel blessed to be surrounded by such potent leaders. If you'd like to know a little more about our staff, click here.
Our church will soon reap the benefits of this productive time together by members of our staff, and I'm thankful for the concentrated team building and other work we were able to get done.