Cultivate a healthy team culture.


Identify the common elements of how to create and sustain a healthy team culture.


  • Assignment 1// Read John 15:1-17

  • Assignment 2 // Read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team


John 15:1-17 (MSG) “I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken. “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.

“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.

“I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.

“I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.

“But remember the root command: Love one another.”


  1. Jesus tells us that He is the vine, God is the farmer, and that we are the branches. What do you think He is trying to show with this illustration? How can this also apply to a team?

  2. What does Jesus say about branches that are attached to the vine vs. branches that are not?

  3. Have you ever been a part of a divided team? What were the results?

  4. Have you ever been a part of a team that not only was in alignment, but had a “farmer” figure keeping the environment around the team healthy? What was the result?

  5. What can we learn from the vine to better build our teams?


[Excerpt from Five Dysfunctions of a Team]

“As difficult as it is to build a cohesive team, it is not complicated. In fact, keeping it simple is critical, whether you run the executive staff at a multinational company, a small department within a larger organization, or even if you are merely a member of a team that needs improvement.... ”


  1. We read in 5 Dysfunctions: “Teams that lack trust waste inordinate amounts of time and energy managing behaviors and interactions within the group.” What does it look like when members of a healthy team DO trust one another?

  2. Author Patrick Lencioni states “Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.” Do you believe that avoiding conflict and creating an artificial harmony on a team is helpful or hurtful? How do you navigate conflict while trying to build a healthy culture?

  3. What does a team that fails to commit look like? What does the team that DOES commit look like?

  4. “The need to avoid interpersonal discomfort prevents team members from holding one another accountable.” Have you ever had a time in your life when someone you know or work with avoided accountability? How did you navigate that?

  5. A team member must be able to look at the results and know if they met the target; How do you keep yourself and the team results focused?

LEADERSHIP TAKEAWAYS (to be completed during group discussion)