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“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”   Ephesians 4:4-6 (ESV)

 ...has written a book entitled Team of Teams.  If you get a chance to pick it up some time I think you’d enjoy the read.  He addresses the fact that the development of information technology is changing the way we live. There are so many unpredictable outcomes that can occur within any group trying to reach goals that organizations have need of flexibility and adaptability to be successful. 

He cites a YouTube video which started a revolution in Tunisia that didn’t end until Egypt.  A protester named Tarek protested police corruption in his local city by setting himself on fire.  His cousin filmed the whole thing and posted it on YouTube which led to millions of views and then people started their own protests...which eventually led to the end of the reign of President Mubarak in Egypt. That outcome was totally unforeseen at the time of Tarek’s protest.

You used to be able to predict outcomes of certain actions with a certain degree of accuracy and plan accordingly, but things are a little different in our day.

In a complex world, efficiency does not equal success.

That’s one of the reason we have teams in our church...they were designed by God  to be able to adapt to whatever they might need to do to reach the goals that are set forth for us in the Scripture.  We have ministry Hope and VBS...and the roughly thirty other ministry teams that have poured out from the gifts that God has given to His people who serve Him with gladness through our church. Team members have common spiritual gifts and talents, share a common ministry, with all committed to a common purpose. We have too many people to put on just one team so we have multiple teams that work closely with one another and stay effective in reaching the overall goals set for us in the Scripture.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;  and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;  and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (ESV)

The General discovered, as he let the American Task Force in Iraq, that the teams you have need to share in the overall purpose of the whole and work towards the same end if you are going to succeed.  Once, when he was visiting the Task Force’s intelligence facilities, he found a storage room full of unopened bags of intelligence that had been gathered on raids.  That team had done their job well, but lacked an understanding of what they were trying to accomplish as a whole.  Thus the intelligence sat in a room until it was stumbled upon later and  the time-sensitive intel was useless; it was already too old.  They did a good job...but it didn’t help.

He discovered what the good Lord has already revealed to us, that every team needed to understand the overarching purpose of the whole team to make good decisions within their own team.  You can’t lose sight of the context of what you’re trying to accomplish.

He also discovered you can’t just throw people together and have a team.  A real team, whether in the military, or in a church setting will be comprised of people who have similar skill sets (the Bible calls them gifts and talents), who use those skill while learning to trust one another and work together with a shared understanding of why they’re doing what they are doing.  That happens by sharing experiences with one another and developing relationships within the team.

But you can do that within a team and still have that team not contribute to the overall purpose of the organization.  The intelligence team did a great job of collecting intel...but not seeing themselves as a crucial part of the overall purpose of the larger task force made what they did ineffective at best and downright a waste of time at worse.  A single military team intent on just doing what they are doing without thought of the overall purpose doesn’t help the organization at all.

Same thing can happen in church ministry.  All of us should discover our gifts and talents and find a place of ministry and service to the Lord...join that team of people who are like minded and similarly gifted who will work together with you for the glory of God.  But, make sure your team understands the overall purpose of the church as given to us through the Scripture or you might be doing a good thing but it has no value towards reaching the goals set forth in the Scripture.

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,   to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,   until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,   so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.   Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,   from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:11-16 (ESV)

The leaders of the teams...beginning with the Holy Spirit...through the leadership of the church...are the glue that holds the teams together.  They make sure the teams have the opportunity to make great decisions about what to do next within the context of the larger goals of the church.  The military...along with the businesses this book is addressed to... are  just now beginning to learn what the Bible has already revealed as the best way to be successful.

So, I trust you have identified a team to join...or a team to start...whether it is with our Adult teams or Student teams or Children teams...whether it is with Bibles Study teams or Vacation Bible School or Legacy  or ________________ and that together we can team up to serve the Lord with gladness. We serve Jesus because we want to...not because we have to.

And by the way...You do know the overarching purposes of the church right?  If not, check back here next week.  GOOOOOOO....TEAM...GO!

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“We love Solid Rock!” “I tell all of my friends about you.” “Your staff is amazing!” These are the comments I frequently hear from parents whose children attend Solid Rock. I have just closed the doors of the Solid Rock Preschool and Mother’s Day Out for the summer. It has been a whirlwind week! We graduated 76 pre-k students who will be going to Kindergarten in the fall, and I heard all of those wonderful comments from the parents yet again. I wish I had time to talk to each family individually because I would love for them to know a couple things about Solid Rock and my amazing team.

Solid Rock is not a preschool that happens to teach Jesus. Solid Rock is a place where Jesus is exemplified daily through the heart, hands and feet of the staff that also includes teaching the 123’s and abc’s. We have Chapel every day and teach these precious souls about God, Jesus, and the Bible. We want them to be ready for kindergarten, but more than that we want to introduce them to Jesus. That is an honor and privilege that we do not take lightly!

The Solid Rock staff is made up of Christian women who care about people, big and little. We minister to children daily, but we also minister to their families. This year we had a mom that we had barely met at Open House who had a horrific car accident in September. She was care-flighted to the hospital where the doctors were questioning if she would live and if she did live, if she would ever walk again. A woman was in crisis and our Solid Rock team jumped into action! We ministered to that family by buying gift cards to restaurants so that Dad and the children could have meals while on the way to and from the hospital. We prayed for healing and for the young children who missed their momma! And, I cannot even begin to describe the feeling of thankfulness to God the day in March when that mom we had been praying for walked through the doors of Solid Rock for the first time since September. As I talked with her at her daughter’s graduation, she was extremely thankful and grateful for the love, care, and financial support our team had shown.

Solid Rock is made up of a team of women who pray together daily. We start each and every day of school reading God’s word and then praying over the families, children, and staff. We know that without God in this ministry, we might as well lock the doors and go home. We recognize that all the accolades parents can heap on us is nothing if we do not offer up our service daily to God.

So, Solid Rock is not just a preschool that operates inside the walls of First Baptist Wentzville.  We are representatives of Jesus to our community. I have the privilege of leading this ministry and have godly women who have joined me in this endeavor, and I am so thankful for them. I hope that you will commit to praying for us—our safety, our ministry, our teachers, and our kiddos because we will start it all over again in August. We would be honored if you partnered with us by becoming prayer warriors.

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