No matter how great a player you are, a team can make you or break you. I was reminded recently by an article from Jim Wiseman about how important teamwork is in church. A great acrostic is Together Everyone Achieves More! It's plain that a team can accomplish more than an individual. Yet ministry leaders still insist on doing things themselves rather than building a strong team. I believe every ministry leader should see himself or herself as a coach who builds a super team.
Here are four things to instill in a team and expect from each player.
1. Be on the ball. Team players must be alert to what's going on and able to assess the situation for themselves and the team. A team player puts the goals, needs and good of the team first, rather than individual goals, wants, and needs. Each team member must value the team.
2. Give…a lot! Rejoice in the abilities and accomplishments of those around you. An excellent team player's motto is: "It doesn't matter who gets the credit." Never complain, but seek opportunities to motivate others. Being positive is a choice! A team player compliments others and hands out praise. Never be too busy to help others. The team that gives a lot accomplishes a lot.
3. Over-communicate. Let those who lead you know what's going on. Surprises hurt the team. Let those around you know what's happening and what they should be doing. Admit when you need help. Be teachable and open to correction, discipline, and advice. A good communicator is a good listener.
4. Do your job. Do what you know to do. Great basketball teams know how to do this. They keep the ball moving until someone has the opportunity to score. At the same time, they never forget who’s the shooter, who's the rebounder, and who's covering whom. A team player understands his or her role and does it with gusto.
Remember 2 Timothy 2:15: "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."
Share in the victories and learn from the losses. Value your team and you’ll enjoy the value of teamwork firsthand.