Collaborative Culture

2013 Austin Stone Worship Conference

In this 11-minute session from the 2013 Austin Stone Worship Conference, Bobby Gilles explains how to foster collaborative atmospheres in your church, enabling your people to better use their creative abilities for God's glory. Bobby is a songwriter with Sojourn Music and Content Strategist with Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY.

3 Steps to Creating Collaborative Cultures:
  1. Help individuals become the best they can be without trying to make them someone else. God has uniquely gifted them to be them, not anyone or anything else.
  2. Help individuals understand that they are not their art, but their art is something they create. This enables them to receive criticism without feeling personally attacked.
  3. Cast a wide net. Get feedback from a diverse group.

What does it look like to encourage someone's specific gifts? What opportunities do you give your team to grow into the artists God has created them to be?
Log In to Continue

Describe a situation where someone was crushed after you provided what you thought to be very constructive criticism. How might this have gone differently?
Log In to Continue

How do you provide criticism without one of your team members feeling personally attacked?
Log In to Continue

What sort of feedback loop do you have for your team? Who do you ask for input? How do you make sure you are hearing from all the voices in your church?
Log In to Continue

Romans 12:4-5 (ESV)

4For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

We were created for community in the image of the perfect Community—the Father, Son, and Spirit. A well formed community involves collaboration by a diverse group of members all forming one body. Even within the context of a particular ministry in a church there are diverse members fulfilling specific functions. Find ways to encourage and equip those on your team in their God-given roles as you function as one body to the glory of God.

For more resources from Austin Stone Worship and information on upcoming events, visit their website,