Improving Your Teamwork
Discover how the Bible’s cross-cultural truths can help you and your spouse function as a team. Discover what it means to be a servant-leader. Learn what “submission” means — and what it doesn’t mean. Learn how to make better decisions as a couple than either of you could make alone. Create a partnership with your spouse that brings beauty to your marriage and inspiration to the world.
This practical, easy-to-read book is part of Doug Britton’s eight-book “Marriage by the Book” series. You can read it on its own or as part of the series.
Doug Britton, M.Ed., MFT. LifeTree Books. Paperback: 5½ x 8½. Wire “spiral” binding. 202 pages
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Click here for Table of Contents
1 See Yourselves as a Team
2 Husbands, Practice Servant-leadership
3 Wives, Honor Your Husband’s Leadership
4 Make Decisions as a Couple
5 Practice Teamwork throughout the Day
6 Overcome Partnership Problems
Small Group Leader’s Guide
Tips for Leaders
Step-by-Step Meeting Plan
God designed marriage to be a partnership
God’s goal is for Christian marriages to enjoy an intimate unity. Although there are differences in the roles of husband and wife, neither is the “boss” in the way so many dread. Rather, each seeks to please the other, while gladly acknowledging the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible defines different roles for husband and wife
Some Christians say, “It’s easy. The husband is the head (leader) and makes the decisions. His wife must submit to what he says.” It doesn’t take much Bible study to realize this simplistic idea of headship does not capture God’s big picture.
Other Christians go the opposite direction, looking for ways to discount Scriptures that define the husband’s and wife’s roles. They too miss God’s plan.
In Improving Your Teamwork, you will discover —
- God sees you as a team and he expects teamwork
- God is the owner and coach of your Christian team (marriage)
- The importance of mutual submission
- The roles of husband and wife
- The difference between dictatorship and servant leadership
- What “submission” means — and what it doesn’t
- Ways to practice teamwork in your daily lives
- Steps to follow when making decisions
- The importance of mutual love
- How to troubleshoot problems in your teamwork
The cross-cultural truths in these pages will challenge you
Whether you already have a grasp of basic biblical principles, don’t know what God’s word says about this subject, or are struggling to break free from misinformation, you will discover the freedom that comes from knowing and applying the wisdom in the Bible.
Study with your spouse. Yet if your mate doesn’t want to study, don’t be discouraged. Study by yourself. The insights you learn about your role, along with practical steps you can take, will make a big difference in your marriage.
This book is biblical, practical, and easy to read
“Make it personal” questions are scattered throughout Improving Your Teamwork to help you apply its Bible-based advice in your marriage. It is comprehensive, yet reader-friendly.
Memory verses invite action. Each chapter begins with a memory verse, since memorizing God’s word changes our hearts and helps us follow his ways.
It is ideal for individuals, couples, and small groups
You can read Improving Your Teamwork on your own, with your spouse, or in a small group. It is perfect for a six-week study.
Guidelines for small group leaders and discussion questions for each chapter are found at the back of the book. (Read more about using this book in a small group or church marriage ministry.)
This book is part of the “Marriage by the Book” series
You can study Improving Your Teamwork on its own. In addition, you may be interested in the other books in the “Marriage by the Book” series. Although these books bulid on each other, each book stands as a complete book by itself.
The eight books are —
- Laying a Solid Foundation
- Making Christ the Cornerstone
- Encouraging Your Spouse
- Extending Grace to Your Mate
- Talking with Respect and Love
- Improving Your Teamwork
- Putting Money in its Place
- Celebrating Intimacy and Romance
In this book you will learn how to live according to God’s Word. When you read it, you will discover it is:
Bible-based. This book is solidly Bible-based, with every chapter showing how to apply the Bible’s truths in your life.
Cross-cultural. Since the guidelines in this book are based on God’s Word, they apply to every group and culture.
Practical. Readers are given clear, practical steps they can take.
Reader-friendly. Many techniques — from a simple, straightforward writing style to breaking the text into small, easily digested portions — make the books easy to read.
Comprehensive. Numerous questions and dilemmas are anticipated — and answered.
Interactive. Personal application questions throughout the books get readers involved.
Action-oriented. Readers write action plans as they go through each chapter.
“Three-in-one” — great for small group studies.This book has all the information you would expect to find in three separate books:
- Book — with practical, Bible-based information,
- Workbook — with “personal application” questions scattered throughout each chapter.
- Small group leader’s guide — with guidelines for small group leaders and chapter-by-chapter discussion questions at the end of the book.
This book was written by Doug Britton, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist). Doug, President of LifeTree Institute, has been a Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist for over thirty years.
Doug has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio-co-host, and author of over twenty books that show people how to apply God’s truths in their daily lives.
He has also trained counselors, small group leaders, pastors, and mentors, showing them how to share practical, effective ways to apply the Word of God in all areas of life.
Doug has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and has edited and published three professional publications. His wife Skeeter has been a homemaker, landscape designer, journalist and novelist. She also has taught marriage and parenting workshops, and holds degrees in English and Landscape Architecture.
Doug draws from his counseling experience and his own struggles and victories when he writes.
More importantly, he draws from the Word of God, offering readers Bible-based, practical, cross-cultural tools, insights, and guidelines they can use in their daily lives.
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