Have you ever been given a daunting task…and the task was made easier when others came alongside? Team work can be and is very rewarding. Psychology today claims “Banding together with friends can help you effect social change.” In a team, many creative ideas and talents can be expressed. Team work invites fresh ideas and a sharing of mind power. It can be a burn out buster!
Looking in the bible, team work is God’s design. In the Book of Exodus, Jethro, Moses Father-in-law, visits him to find out how things are going. After listening to Moses, and concerned for his wellbeing, Jethro stresses the importance of team work. He advises Moses how to delegate some of his authority in order to share the leadership.
King Solomon also recognized the importance of teamwork. He writes “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” (Ecc 4:9)
In the New Testament, Jesus set the standard by which we live. He modelled kingdom building through His team of disciples. Jesus could have done it all Himself. Instead, He empowered disciples -often sending them out in pairs. When they would return to him with a dilemma, expecting Him to take it over, he did not always. At the feeding of the 5000, for example, Jesus told them: “YOU feed them!” In His power and Authority, and despite their flaws and shortcomings, they worked together in His Name.
The book of Acts documents the Apostles on going work and building up of the church. While they were of “one mind” more often than not, there were disagreements. There was initial disagreement concerning how they would receive new gentile believers such as Paul. Paul, himself was possessed a strong personality. He and Barnabas disagreed over effectiveness of a younger associate named John Mark.
All of this being said, the church is a body, a group…God’s team. Team work in the church is God’s way and is essential. We come together with all of our different personalities and warts. God chooses to use us. He brings us together to share and grow. In our ministry at WAM, the most rewarding ministries have been accomplished through working together. George’s Café, Camp on the Road, the BBQ’s, Floor Hockey and the new Food truck are all great examples of people working together, for the purpose of drawing people into relationship.
What talent, gift or skill do you have that you would like to share? What existing ministry would you like to join in order express your gift and build the body of Christ? While not all of us prefer to be in groups, there are always ways in which each of us can offer our skills and gifts to support God’s Mission. What is God calling you to do?
In His Love, Rob+