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What does a New England Presbyterian pastor have in common with a Four Square pastor from Hawaii? Both are passionate about building teams in church.

George Cladis and Wayne Cordeiro have written two very different books about teamwork. For starters, Pastor Cordeiro pictures an ideal team as a canoe full of Hawaiians paddling in unison over a still, tropical sea. Pastor Cladis finds an ideal team in a painting of the Trinity that is almost 600 years old.

They apparently wrote for different audiences. Wayne Cordeiro wrote Doing Church as a Team (New Hope Publishing, 1998) to convince lay persons to join a team at church. I assume this because he starts with the basics of salvation, "every member a minister," and the uniqueness of each person, which most pastors already have in the bag. In Leading the Team-Based Church (Jossey-Bass, 1999), George Cladis shoots directly to persuade pastors and church staffs to build leadership teams.

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