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Teamship: 52 Inspirational readings for leaders

John R. Cionca and Fred W. Prinzing

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Enthusiasm     |    Ephesians 3:14-21

Withness Factor     |    Acts 4:5-13

Appreciation     |    Philippians 1:1-11

Purpose     |    Acts 2:42-47

Leadership Longevity     |    Romans 15:14-19

Exalting Christ      |    Colossians 1:15-20

Priorities     |    Mark 14:1-10

Commitment     |    Psalm 37:1-7

Vision     |    Matthew 6:19-24

God's Constancy     |    Numbers 23:19, 20

Sabbath     |    Mark 2:23-28

Credit     |    Philippians 2:1-11

Criticism     |    Luke 6:26-36

Delegation      |    Exodus 18:13-23

Only You     |    Ephesians 2:8-10

Disagreement     |    Acts 15:36-41

Open Door to a New World     |    2 Timothy 3:1-4

Community     |    Hebrews 10:19-25

Prayer     |    Matthew 6:5-13

Balance     |    Luke 2:39-52

Failure     |     John 21:1-6

Expectations      |    Lamentations 3:22-26

Forgiveness      |    Matthew 18:21-35

Generosity     |     1 Timothy 6:17-19

God's Will      |    1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

Anger     |    1 Samuel 20:30-34

Interruptions     |    Mark 1:29-39

Journey     |    2 Timothy 4:7, 8

Love      |    Romans 12:9-21

Perseverance     |    James 1:1-12

Planning     |    Proverbs 16:1-9

Prejudice     |    James 2:1-8, 12

Flexibility     |    Acts 10:9-15, 34, 35

Time     |    Psalm 90:1-12

Friends     |    Philemon 4-7

Complaining     |    Numbers 11:1-6, 10-15


Teamship: 52 Inspirational Readings for Leaders. John R. Cionca & Fred W. Prinzing

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Diplomacy     |    Daniel 2:9b-16

Problems     |    Numbers 13:26-33

Resistance to Change     |    1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Tolerance     |    Revelation 2:18-29

Listening     |    Exodus 18:13-19a, 24-26

Servanthood     |    J ohn 13:12-17

Civility      |    Romans 13:1-10

Simplicity     |    Luke 10:38-42

Success     |    Joshua 1:1-9

Tension     |    Acts 6:1-7

Power to Lead     |    John 14:15-18, 26

Competition     |    1 Corinthians 3:3-9

Uncertainty      |     Daniel 2:19-28

Remember     |    Deuteronomy 8:10-14

Using What You Have     |     Exodus 4:2-5

Keeping the Big Picture      |    Romans 12:1, 2  


The Bible is a book about God and humanity. Its primary theme is redemption-God drawing people into a relationship with Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ.

As His creation, we can learn more about ourselves from theology than we can from psychology and sociology combined. This is not to discredit these disciplines, for they provide great insights. And in reality, all truth is God's truth.

But the Owner's manual for humanity, the Bible, records God's perspective on life. It is generously packed with principles and case studies for our well-being. In the words of the source book itself:
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope (Romans 14:4).

Teamship is designed to enable leadership teams to look at some of these case studies for guidance in their work together. The subtitle of this work denotes its desire to be inspirational-a means of drawing you closer to the Master. The work also aspires to be a coaching tool-providing advice on relational ministry.

So at the beginning of your team meetings, take a few moments to read a portion of Scripture and the coaching thoughts that follow. Read the devotions in the order provided, or select a particular theme from the listing in the Contents. And use the group exercises to get to know one another better and to press further the thematic principle.

Our Lord exampled for us the value of service:
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
and to give his life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

So enjoy your service together as a ministry team, and enjoy this resource along your leadership journey.
God's best!

        John R. Cionca
        Fred W. Prinzing



John R. Cionca is the executive director of Ministry Transitions, Inc. He also holds the position of professor of ministry leadership at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Cionca has served in full-time capacities as a youth pastor, minister of discipleship and lead pastor. He has also ministered in many churches as an interim pastor and transitions coach. John has authored, co-authored and edited eight books, his most recent works being Before You Move: A Guide to Making Transitions in Ministry and Dear Pastor: Ministry Advice from Seasoned Pastors.


Fred W. Prinzing has retired and lives in the Northwest. After retiring from his position of professor of pastoral ministry, he was involved in a ministry of teaching, preaching and writing. Dr. Prinzing also led retreats and taught overseas. He has served as interim pastor in 29 churches as well as pastored both rural and urban churches. Fred's writings include Handling Church Tensions Creatively and Mixed Messages, a book on interracial marriage, co-authored with his wife, Anita. Together Fred and John have also coauthored Search Counsel: A Devotional Coaching Guide for Call Committees.

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