God designed the church for every member to do the work of ministry, not just the pastors. This thought is admonished in Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Acts 6:1-4. From the beginning of The Scriptures we see team ministry being played out: Moses and Aaron, David and his fighting men, Jesus and his disciples, Paul and Silas/Barnabas/Timothy. Leonard Sweet states, “Jesus invested everything he had in a team. The Bible knows nothing of solo ministry, only team ministry.” Team ministry is relating persons to persons and persons to tasks in ways that build up persons to achieve the goals of the church. Team building does not use people up for the sake of the church; it builds people up for the sake of the kingdom. The qualities of a championship team are communication, collaboration, competence, and confidence. The work of the church can never be achieved by one person or a few people. It will take the participation of everyone coming together to fulfill their roles, using their gifts, and serving in harmony to achieve the purposes God has for us. Remember the two common sayings related to team: “There is no ‘I’ in team” and “Team is defined as: Together Everyone Accomplishes More.” The eternal destinies of men and women and boys and girls are at stake. Church is a team.
In what ways is your church operating as a team?