- Moses had a team to lead the people of Israel toward the promise land
- Joshua had a team to lead them into the promise land
- Nehemiah had a team to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem
- David had a team of mighty men to fight the Lord’s battles
- Paul had a team of young men who traveled with him on his missionary journeys (Acts 20:4)
- Jesus had a team which took the gospel to the ends of the earth, fulfilling Matthew 28:18-20
Teamwork makes the dream work, as John Maxwell is fond of saying.
The days of the Lone Ranger riding into town and doing everything single-handedly is no longer valid. From kindergarten forward we are taught to do things in teams and achieve better results through teams.
1st Corinthians chapter 12, the great passage on spiritual gifts, is a treatise on teamwork, with each person complementing the others for the glory of God and the accomplishment of His purposes.
It is certainly true that T.E.A.M. stands for Together Each Accomplishes More…much more!
Here are four things that healthy team members do:
1. Healthy team members receive critical input from each other without being overly sensitive or defensive.
2. Healthy team members celebrate rather than resent their individual differences in personality or way of operating.
3. Healthy team members encourage rather than discourage new ideas and out-of-the-box thinking.
4. Healthy team members hold each other accountable for agreed-upon results.
How healthy is the team you lead or are on? Ask your team members to rate the team on the four qualities listed above!