I’ve been in many church offices where I observe walled-off office after walled-off office. I’ve also seen settings where you are the only person in the office so instead you work at home or in Starbucks by yourself every day. New churches should be asking themselves, how do you encourage collaboration in your church plant?
So in these situations how do we spur on collaboration? Collaboration is paramount to a healthy church culture. Even if you are the only paid staff member you still need to be collaborating internally on projects, creativity and other things.
Foster an Environment of Collaboration in Your Church Plant:
1. Create Intentional Spaces for Collaboration
Open office designs are trendy and work for many people, but that does not mean it is going to work for you, or your space, or your staff. But what we should all do is create intentional spaces with collaboration. Look in your building and think of a space you could turn into a comfortable place for people to think, dream and brainstorm. Maybe you put a nice couch and whiteboard and a space to stimulate collaboration when it is needed.
Designing even a simple space suited for collaboration is going to help your team come up with powerful new ideas.