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Merely mixing random people together won’t get it done. The team must be strategically assembled and must – collectively – share these specific gifts. The absence of one or more gifts on the team assures frantic fluttering and the eventual absence of flight. 

No one person excels in all of these gifts. Even if he did, he cannot pitch, catch, play shortstop, and cover right field all at the same time. Leaders who plan to grow beyond the small church size get it. They understand the power of a properly-balanced team. They grasp the power of synergy. Besides, it’s a lot more fun to be on a high-energy team than to be the Lone Ranger.

This list does not describe all the positions or roles in the church. Obviously, a prevailing church has an exceptional children’s ministry, a robust small group ministry, and transformational worship. This list includes the gifts that must be present on the primary leadership team. The pastors function as specialists as opposed to generalists. When these six gifts are deployed, leaders for the various tasks will emerge. These roles can be filled by a mix of men and women; in fact, a balance of genders is preferred.

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