“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
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)
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.
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...
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...