Teamwork in the ministry

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I was teaching about the importance of teamwork on the last preparation class in my church before the new congregration members start serving in our church ministries. I taught the importance of having a goal, trust, communication, initiative, humility, and being submissive. These “simple” traits are often overlooked and can become a disaster in your ministry & others.

No matter how skillful you are, no matter how good you think you are, your ministry is never bigger than your character. God always choose a person with a good heart, a good character. He never choose someone because he/she is capable.

Important traits that you must have in the team

  1. Goal
    When you are in a team, you must have a goal. Although a general goal is to serve God with all your heart, a team normally has a specific goal. For example if you are in a Christmas celebration team, then your goal is to make sure that everything is running smoothly and the church can have a great Christmas celebration (how to outreach the newcomers, organizing the events, practice sessions, prayer sessions before the celebration, etc). You’ve got the idea. Each member in the team has to share the same goal, the same vision.
  2. Trust
    Trust each other. Everyone has strength and has weaknesses. It’s important to trust others to complement your weakness, and vice versa. Don’t feel that you are the better member who knows much more than the others. Let the others work with you together, don’t be a “Rambo”.
  3. Communication
    Miscommunication even occurs in a team. A miscommunication can be devastating both as a team and as an individual. When miscommunication occurs, the effectiveness and productivity of the team suffer. At times, it can also create conflicts because of a simple misunderstanding.
  4. Initiative
    As a team member, often we play the “waiting game”. We wait for our leader or coordinator to give us tasks, to be “ordered around”. At times, your leader can be very busy that he/she may forget certain things that he/she overlooks. We wait anxiously and at times we then complain to the other members in the team. We are a team! We need to encourage one another and help each other. Take the initiative and remind your leader or help each other out. Don’t just sit there and wait for something to happen.
  5. Humility
    Be humble and don’t judge other people. Don’t look down at others especially if you know more in a certain area than the others. Don’t discredit other people as if you are better or can do better. Remember, we are all sinners and we are nothing without God!
  6. Submissive
    Submit to your leader. Your leader is already appointed to be responsible for the whole team. When we disagree with our leader or coordinator, as long as it doesn’t go against the Word of God, submit to him/her (assuming you’ve expressed your concern or opinion on a matter). What you think is right doesn’t mean that it’s always right. Sometimes, your leader sees far ahead than what you see at a given time. Being submissive doesn’t mean that you become a “Yes man”. Being submissive doesn’t mean to say “Yes” and complains to other people afterwards.
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Michael Aulia is a Christian blogger who lives in Australia. He is the owner of WriteForGod.com and also CravingTech.com

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  • Hi Michael

    I was thinking if it's possible that we can exchange links. I have already added yours in my Blog List. God Bless you!

  • Hi Michael,

    Long time no msg. I want to say this. Are your teaching came from church tradition and human experience? Or are they coming from the Bible?

    If we read the book of Act, the early church share the full Gospel (i.e. salvation, healing, miracle, deliverance, baptizim of the Spirit, and laying on hands…), they preach around the clock, 24/7, pray around the clock 24/7.

    They don't try to fit in an institutional church and its system, but they do everything by the Spirit, and preach the word of God all the time. They literally believe the Bible cover to cover. They have prophets, faith healers, teachers, pastors, preachers, and apostles

    Everything they do is inspired by God, not by man.

    • Hi Sai Kit. Teaching that comes from traditions / experiences are not biblical, you always have to teach based on the Word of God, like you say.

      I observed that the early church has the points I described above, implicitly. God wants us to form churches to spread His Grace and His Words but I do realize some churches focus more on traditions or rules. When a church is focusing on this more than Jesus' Great Commission on earth, then it should be disbanded as there is no point of forming a community who doesn't do what God wants.