What makes the difference between GREAT Teams and AVERAGE Teams? A lot of the answer can be found in this really cool book...called the Bible. When Jesus got ready to change the world he picked a team and that team changed the world. How did they do it? Take a closer look:
Acts 2:42–47 (NIV) 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching AND to the fellowship. Acts 2:42
A great team filled with team members who are both each mutually devoted to the VISION and to EACH OTHER. It’s frankly not enough to be devoted to the Worship Ministry or the Student Ministry, the Children’s Ministry, or Operations, etc. GREAT teams are committed to COLLECTIVE results more than INDIVIDUAL results. Each team member must be just as committed to the other team members and the collective vision, as are they are to God and their particular area of specialization. GREAT teams are mutually devoted to each other.
“All the believers were together and had everything in common.” Acts 2:44
GREAT teams spend time TOGETHER. GREAT teams aren’t too busy for each other. GREAT teams make decisions together. GREAT teams recognize that the best decisions are collaborative decisions. GREAT teams are teams that are close enough to trust each other’s hearts, even in those times they may disagree with each other. Proximity builds unity.
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.” Acts 2:46
GREAT teams don’t allow the tyranny of the urgent to get in the way of being together. GREAT teams consistently spend time together. GREAT teams don’t avoid meetings. GREAT teams systemize and prioritize their meeting together. GREAT teams do life regularly outside of the meeting room. GREAT teams enjoy doing life together. Great teams have koinonia: They view each other as brothers and sisters that God has brought together to change the world and they refuse to allow anything to come between them!
How’s your team?
Are you part of a GREAT team or an AVERAGE Team? What are needs to improve the most? Mutual Devotion? Proximity? Consistency? Rate your team and then make a plan to improve the health of your team! Here’s the good news: Healthy things grow! Here’s proof:
“And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47