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5 Reasons You Really Do Want This Type of Person on Your Building Team

The recipe for a successful building project starts with the right people on your building team.


James Rodgers  ·  May 6, 2015

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The recipe for a successful building project starts with the right people on your building team—that includes outside consultants you may hire, but also the church committee(s) that will represent your church with those consultants. Therefore, I am often asked, “What’s the profile of people we should add to our church building committee/team?” My basic response includes:

  • Spiritual maturity
  • Team players who can work well with others and recognize the big picture
  • Demographic mixture—men/women, age or affinity groups
  • Some background in design, construction, or project management

However, there are also times when you may want to complete your building team with a “Dragon!”

By dragon, I mean the kind identified by Marshall Shelley in his classic book, Well-Intentioned Dragons. They don’t mean to be difficult, that’s why they are called “well-intentioned.” However, their personalities and methods often breathe fire. And since we recognize them as dragons, pastors may be hesitant to put them on a building team. Certainly, not all dragons should be included, but here are five reasons you may want to consider adding a well-intentioned dragon to your building team.

  1. Well-Intentioned Dragons care deeply about your church.
  2. The adjective “well-intentioned” flows from their passionate concern for the things of God. They are trying to help any situation and see themselves serving as part of God’s plans. You want people on the team who can work towards the big picture benefits for the church. So, if their dragon-like characteristics can be managed, they may actually represent the “church first” thinking you desire.
  3. Well-Intentioned Dragons will speak up.
  4. Because our best servants often consider others’ interests first, they sometimes keep quiet in order to keep peace. A building team will be wrestling with important issues which need multiple points of view for effective decision making. Therefore, keeping silent—just to maintain peace—actually creates a false sense of support for project decisions. People are dragon-like because they want their views heard and on a building committee, we may need to consider their contributions.

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