Good Morning..Good Afternoon…Good Evening…Whenever or wherever you are reading this, I pray that you are experiencing goodness in your life this day. It’s Wednesday which means that you’ve made it to the halfway point of the workweek, so you only have these three days left to make something great happen this week…GET TO IT!!
Today I want to talk about LOVE as it relates to teamwork in “The Kingdom”. I’m not going to go through the definition of Love because I feel that we all know enough about it to understand what it is. This is not a post about what Love is, but about how much we need it for successful teamwork in our churches and our “Kingdom” activities.
AND YES THIS WILL BE A LONG POST…PLEASE HANG IN THERE!!!
Yesterday on Twitter and Facebook I made a statement that I felt I heard from God while prying for my team at church. It basically went like this:
In “The World” a team can thrive even if it’s participants don’t like each other,but in #TheKingdom, #love is a required component of a team
You see, I’m a church leader. I’m a Youth Pastor and also the head of our media department and our security department at church. I am also a leader on my secular job, I am the Exec-Director Of Operations for the company I work for. In addition to that I am a husband and a father so I am a leader at home. So leadership is something that I am steeped in and I take seriously. I am not a great leader as of yet, but I am growing an investing time into hat growth.
That being said, I spend a great deal of time thinking and praying and reading about how to be a better leader and how to make sure the teams that I lead are operating at their maximum capacity. In this time of reflection and planning and praying I have come to understand that there is a key difference in the success of my secular teams and my Kingdom teams…and that key difference is LOVE.
In the secular world and in “The Kingdom” teams have basic needs that have to be there for success, things like:
- A Leader
- Goals and Vision
- Organization and Cooperation
- Team Members with different skills and abilities
- The willingness to work together to accomplish a common goal
These components are all essential to have a team that is effective and essential. However, LOVE, is only a requirement for a team in “The Kingdom”.
You see in the secular world, we can work together on team all day and then go home and never think about each other again until the next day. We go on about our personal lives and our co-workers can be a distant thought. At work we can work with people we don’t like and have no love for because we are motivated primarily by achieving a goal and making money so great relationships aren’t always a necessity or even a consideration.
But in a Christian team, we have to understand that we are FIRST, the Body of Christ, and then the team. With that understanding we will be able to see he necessity of LOVE in our team’s success.
In Ephesians 4:16(Common English Bible) God says this:
16 who is the head. The whole body grows from him, as it is joined and held together by all the supporting ligaments. The body makes itself grow in that it builds itself up with love as each one does its part.
If we are the Body of Christ then any team we assemble for “Kingdom Work” is an extension of that Body and must operate under the laws or principles of the Body it was extended from. That means that if Eph 4:16 is how the Body of Christ should operate then it is how our team should operate.
Our “Kingdom Teams” should work towards our goals and visions and grow and build themselves up with LOVE for each other as our essential or Required Component. When that is not happening, our teams are limited in the scope of their abilities and what we are able to produce is often less effective and definitely not pleasing to God, who is himself LOVE!!
The Pulpit Commentary puts it like this:
This is the end, so far as the body itself is concerned, though, of course, the completed spiritual body, like the completed natural body, has work to do outside itself. In a healthy Church there is a continual work of building up: construction, not destruction, is its proper business – promoting peace, purity, prayerfulness, trust, activity in the work of the Lord, but all in love, the absence of which makes winter instead of summer, declension instead of progress, death instead of life.
All of our churches have a great work to do both in the church and outside of the church, but when the teams we put together to accomplish these great work don’t keep Love at the center we end up producing “Death Instead of Life”
If you’re a church leader, take a look at your team today and evaluate the level of LOVE that is in operation. If you’re a team member take a look at yourself and see if you are operating in Love with your teammates. Love is a Required Component!!