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For instance let’s suppose a gifted evangelist on the team sees an opening for a network ofpeople to come to Christ and brings this opportunity to the team asking for help of one of twoother teammates.9 |P a g e
The team would not be skeptical in his evaluation because of his gifts. If there were teammatesavailable they would go with him and explore the possibility. Say, however, all the team wasbusily engaged in what each thought was profitable ministry. In this case the Team Leader wouldlikely have to exercise his leadership if he felt that this priority should displace other priorities.He may have to influence a couple of teammates to see that their present work, though importantto them, is less important than the new opportunity. This seems to be Paul's approach (Cf.Philippians 2:19f, I Corinthians 16:12). Likewise the leadership gift is often necessary in a crisis.In this way, team members are mutually submissive to the team. Gifts we have found importantto recognize on a team are: evangelism, discipleship, leadership development, visionary,administration, peacemaker, etc. A member may have more than one gift and will likely need toexercise different gifts at different times. When that gift needs to lead, the team needs to let itlead. One of the most important gifts we have found is that of peacemaker. Since often teamproblems focus on the team leader, the peacemaker will often have to take a leadership positionover the team leader in times of conflict. He often acts as a mediator.Teams need to recognize and affirm this gift since the person who exercises it may often appearretiring. He will have to grow in order to effectively overcome his flesh which often desires apeace at any price. Thus the team as a whole has authority over the individual members of theteam. But because the team does not have commissioning authority, it normally receivesmembers who have been commissioned by a local assembly.The team also has the right to reject a church planter that a church may commission andrecommend to the team. The team also has the right to exclude a member whom they believe(through prayer and seeking the mind of the spirit) is no longer sufficiently helpful in the task ofchurch planting to warrant their continued participation.The commissioning church should be notified by the team and should give guidance to such amember. The team cannot revoke a church planter's commission, only the commissioning churchcan do that. When disciplinary exclusion due to sin occurs, the commissioning church should beinformed of the particulars so that they can shepherd the person back to health. A team membercan also initiate leaving the team when he believes the Holy Spirit is so leading. Again the10 |P a g e
commissioning church should step in to give confirmation at this point. We are stronglyconvinced that church planters should not operate solo.

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