One of the basic skill-sets a leader needs to acquire is how to build a team. There are lots of things to think about when doing this. One of the keys is to be very careful so as to select the right people, the best people. Justin Anderson from Acts 29 shares some excellent thoughts on past performance determining future performance.
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Looking To Build An A-Level Team?

It is essential to make sure that any person you add to your team is competent and skilled to excel in their role. Churches often completely overlook this component, choosing only to focus on a person’s character. A person, however, can have a high level of character yet have a low level of role competence.


Competence is all about a person having the gifting and PROVEN skillset to carry out a particular role. How do we best assess competence in a potential team member? The best way to evaluate a person’s competence for a specific position is to LOOK BACK at the person’s past performance.

Past performance is the best indicator of future performance.


People do what people do. It is doubtful that a person will start doing something she has never done before – even if she promises to do it when she joins your team.


Do not hire someone who tells you what he is GOING to do but cannot show you what he has ALREADY done. Every potential team member will tell you what he “WILL” do when he gets hired. We want to know what you have ALREADY done.

Before you hire any person, ask:
1) What have you done in the past that clearly shows what you will do in this role?
2) How have you shown that you can do what this role requires?
3) Even if you have never done this specific job before, have you shown in previous work experience that you have done similar things?


The best way to ensure that a person is competent for a role on your team is to look back. Past performance is the best indicator of future performance.