Within my first month we did an off-site lunch; something like this hadn't been done in a while. We loaded up the church vans (yep, I put a bunch of adults in church vans) and headed to a classy restaurant by the name of IN-N-OUT. This was a great time for everyone to have lunch, laugh and we kept it cheap.
The first time doing something like this can be the easiest, it takes time to make the next ones worth the team's while. I pulled a page from the playbook of my mentor and our next few team lunches were brown bag in our JH room. My mentor has shared this idea with me while I was in Vegas as a way to help leaders connect and gain team mindset.
After winter had passed it was time to get the team out for lunch and doing something fun. Thankfully our Lead Pastor is fiercely competitive and has been bragging about his bocce ball skills! In early June we headed over to the Foster City bocce ball courts for a bocce lunch.
We slotted a Thursday, a day everyone is in the office, and took our lunch hour. We meet in the church lobby 15 minutes before lunch to make sure we were all there. After everyone's accounted for we packed in four cars and drove over to the courts. Charity, my wife, brought the girls over so they would have some time with our staff also. This was a huge win having our family there to spend time with our team and it gives our team some time to see I interact with my family.
The competition was pretty fierce! We had some good throws and with our Lead Pastor being undefeated it increased the competition level. Since this was my first time playing bocce ball I wasn't the best person to have on your team. I did love watching our team bring out the rope to measure and see who was the closest to the ball!
Obviously it isn't about the competition or bocce ball or what we brought in our lunch bag. The goal is to unite as a team. I want to work with a group of people who are radically committed to Christ and each other. We have some very capable, qualified, people on this team and our Elders have called me to lead this team.
The reason we have brown bag lunches and play bocce ball is because I believe: the team that plays together stays together