By: Bryan Sampson
When you think of your own personal growth and development what areas come to mind? Is it more courage in your leadership, better academic discipline, or maybe better organizational skills? While these are all great areas to develop, one area that is just as imperative, that rarely gets discussed, is being a better teammate. We don’t see team greatness as an individual issue, but one for the group. This is a common and dangerous error.
The truth is that great teams begin with great individuals (Witt, 2018). There is no greater team than that of the 12 disciples. What made them such a great team? Each one of them were submitted under their master. They all had one common goal, fulfill what Jesus commanded “Go and make disciples” (Matt. 28:19). They all knew that their personal relationship with Jesus, abiding in Him was where they would get the power to accomplish what Jesus commanded (John 15:5), but also that Jesus brought them together to work as a team to develop a larger team, which we call the “body” (1 Cor. 12:12-31).
And so it is with us. If we want to be a part of greatness, to have the greatest impact, it will start with taking a look in the mirror and focusing on our personal relationship with Jesus, abiding in His presence and becoming great yourself. The team you are a part of will not become great because of a new leader, new staff, or better students. It will become great as soon as soon as you strive to be a great team member and when you believe that personal greatness is not intended for personal gain, but for the benefit of the body and God’s kingdom. Buying into the idea of team, not individualism, to care more about team cohesion than autonomy is essential if we are to put hope within reach of every addict and to glorify God through our lives and ministry.
I challenge you today to examine yourself. Are you more concerned with your own individual performance and success than that of your teams? Is it a challenge for you to help out other departments because you want to make sure your area is succeeding? Do you feel division between departments or team members? Let’s pray for our eyes to be opened to the revelation that Jesus died for the Church, to make a team that operates as one body, that can impact this world with His truth and His love. To do it solo is to be outside God’s will and design. Let’s pray for greater team unity and cohesion as we labor together with one heart, one mind, and one spirit.
“God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. I appeal to you, brothers and sister, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree together, so that there may be no division among you and you may be united in mind and conviction” (1 Cor. 1:9-10).
Witt, L. (2018). High Impact Teams. Grand Rapids: Baker Books.