LFCP 1: 5 People I Need on My Team

Listen to this inspiring episode of Leadership Factory: Building Leaders with Purpose where I talk about the 5 people you need on your team:


The people closest to me determine my level of success and effectiveness!

3 Squad Statements
  1. I can do more with others than I can do on my own.
  2. My team determines my potential.
  3. Who is on my team is extremely important.

Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. Proverbs 13:20

There’s no such thing as a self-made success.

5 Questions for Drafting my Team
1) Who is my Coach?

A Coach is someone who can help you reach your full potential.

This is not necessarily someone you pay, but it is someone you pay attention to.

2) Who is my Cheerleader?

We need massive doses of encouragement. Think of this person as your Hype Man!

Encouragement is a great motivator. Catch someone doing good and say something about it.

3) Who is my Confronter?

An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. Proverbs 27:5-6 

Paul confronted Peter in Antioch about his racist attitude and helped him grow as a leader.

But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong. 12 When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile believers, who were not circumcised. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. He was afraid of criticism from these people who insisted on the necessity of circumcision. 13 As a result, other Jewish believers followed Peter’s hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 When I saw that they were not following the truth of the gospel message, I said to Peter in front of all the others, “Since you, a Jew by birth, have discarded the Jewish laws and are living like a Gentile, why are you now trying to make these Gentiles follow the Jewish traditions? 15 “You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. 16 Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.” Galatians 2:11-16

Criticism destroys. Confrontation develops,.

We should never treat irresponsibility irresponsibly.

3 Keys to Constructive Confrontation
  • Tears – Do you sincerely care about someone else’s well-being and success?
  • Timing – Choose the right time and right place.
  • Trust – Are you out for their best interest?

Who has permission to confront you and ask you the hard questions?

4) Who is my Connector?

A Connector is someone who is standing in the gap for you through prayer.

Epaphras, a member of your own fellowship and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident that you are following the whole will of God. Colossians 4:12

Prayer produces connection with others and with God.

5) Who is my Companion?

I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. Philippians 2:20

Who is going with you? If you don’t have these 5 people in your life, intentionally seek them out and ask them to join you.

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Cole Phillips

I'm a Connector, linking people with God and with others to experience the kind of life God has planned for them. I am the founding and Lead Pastor of THE CONNECTION CHURCH in Buda, Texas. I previously served in churches around the state as youth pastor and as pastor before moving to Kyle in the Spring of 2004. I love to lead people to connect with God and those around them and thrive on changed lives. I earned a doctorate in missions and evangelism with an emphasis on church growth. My heart beats for helping people connect with God and connect with others in an authentic community of faith. I love listening to and making music. I also enjoy hanging out with my family. Pam and I have been married since 1991 and we have two daughters, Makenzie and Bethanie. We are planting our lives in Hays County and allowing God to build a great church through us.