MONTHLY ARTICLE

Seven Requirements Of True Christian Teamwork

One of the greatest challenges we face in life is learning to work together with other people. this is escecially difficult today because we are continually bombarded by messages that urge us to do just the opposite. Be your own person! Do your own thing! Look out for number one! Nice people finish last!

The building blocks of civilization -- Marriage, Family, Churches and Communities -- are crumbling as everyone pulls in different directions instead of working as a ten. Learning to operate as a team is an essential part of our calling as Christians. Each person must be willing to subordinate individual interests and desires for the unity, efficiency and effectiveness of the group. each person must also learn to appreciate, love, forgive and be patient with other members of the team. These are not easy things to do, but they can be learned! This requires knowledge and practice. It also involves understanding and developing the qualities that make team members really effective. With these points in mind, here are seven keys of successful teams.

1. Focus on the same goal. 
In corinthians 1:10 Paul writes "Now i plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."

2. Work in unison to achieve the team's objective. 
In the book of Acts we read that members of the early church "sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need" (Acts 2:45). This was a temporary situation that accompanied the momentous events that occurred on Pentecost when the New Testament church began.

3. Be willing to subordinate personal opinions and agendas for the good of the team. 
This prevents conflicts and divisions that hinder a team from achieving its goal. Paul told the Corinthians that promoting different opinions and agendas is divisive and disruptive, which is contrary to God's desire (1 Corinthians 1:11-13).

4. Focus on YOUR role as it relates to the overall mission. 
When we each see how our own efforts contribute to the overall goal, we are inclined to work for the success of the team. The Apostle Paul reminds us that when each part makes its own unique and essential contribution, the body thrives. When we neglect or reject the role we have been given we hurt the team.

5. Each team member must strive to do the best job possible! 
The Bible principal is: " Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might" (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

6. Be motivated! 
One of the sharpest rebukes in Scripture is leveled at the laodicean church. Its members are rejected by God Himself because they become "lukewarm" in their efforts to do the work of God.

7. Finally, do not give up when the going gets rough
Play hard until the game is over. The word of God says "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62).

Always remember - rewards do not go to those who give up and quit, but to those who finish the race.