Excelling as a team – Part 1
Genesis 11:1-9; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Nehemiah 4:6
Key Verse: Ecclesiastes 4:9, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed” (NLT).
Definition Of A Team
A team is a group of individuals, who share common objectives and also work together to achieve such objectives. (Common Objectives + Joint Action = Teamwork). A team must have a common vision backed by joint effort to produce good results. Teamwork is joint action taken by a group of people towards the achievement of a common goal.
The hard truth is that you hardly find teamwork in some organisations in our world today. For example, about 25 percent of some Church members assume 100 percent of the responsibility in local congregations. Team effort is the cooperative effort by members of a group or team to achieve a common goal, and a team player is one who does his best to do his part in cooperation with the other members of the team. A team player does not seek to be a one-man show, but works together with his teammates and relies on their skills and abilities, as he seeks to use his own abilities and gifts in a cooperative way.
Whether in sports genre, the business world or Church organisation, teamwork is a must in order to achieve the organisational goal, vision and mission. Teamwork is joint intellectual enterprise. It is teamwork that enables common men to do uncommon things. No organisation can depend on genius, but on teamwork. It is the test of an organisation to make ordinary human beings perform better than they seem capable of; to bring out whatever strength there is in its members, and to use each man’s strength to help all the others perform.
Jesus is a good model of teamwork. There was definitely nothing He did without the help of His Father, the Holy Spirit and His Disciples. The leader of a team must learn how to delegate authority to his team members. The degree to which a leader is able to delegate work is a measure of his success. When a leader does not delegate authority, he also fails to release the leadership potential of those under him. To insist on doing things oneself is a short-sighted policy.
Dwight L. Moody had the right perspective. He once said he would rather put a thousand men to work than do the work of a thousand men. In Luke Chapter 6, Jesus, after a night of prayer, chose twelve disciples, poured Himself into them, and ultimately put thousands to work doing the Father’s business.
Leadership becomes pretty easy, when you have a faithful team that is dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.
In Genesis 11, when all the people of the world spoke the same language, they were united, but when they began to speak in different languages, the people scattered. God said, “the people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!” Teamwork is about team members speaking the same language to achieve a common result.
Characteristics Of A Team
• A team is a group of people, but not all groups of people are necessarily a team.
• All individuals in a team always work towards a common goal, as they share the same vision and mission. A perfect example of a team is a football team, where either an action or inaction of a single individual could have a negative or positive outcome for the whole team.
• There is no use of the singular pronoun “I” in teamwork, but rather the use of the plural pronoun “we”: Ephesians 4:3, “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
• Successful teamwork involves a desire to finish the task: A half-finished wall will not provide adequate defence for a city.
• Contentment is a must for successful teamwork: Be content with the part you play in moving your organisation forward. See your role as important, it really is. Every successful organisation has men behind the scene.
Today’s Nugget: Teamwork enables common men to do uncommon things.
Prayer: Lord, help me be a faithful team member.
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Dr. Chidi Okoroafor, General Superintendent
Assemblies of God Nigeria