Team Building-Jesus Style!

Mark 3:13-15 “And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons.”

Every year, I like you face the reality of vacant positions that need to be filled by competent and character-forged leaders. Church life seems to have a fairly constant turn over of team members of some nature or another for a whole lot of reasons. I have been fortunate to have a core team of leaders that have been serving alongside me for several years. However in our tactical meeting on Tuesday we discussed once again the vacant positions that need to be filled. We don’t want them to be filled by just anyone but the right someone who is called and compelled to fill the role.

Team building is a constant necessity in any growing organization and finding the right people can be challenging. In Mark 3 Jesus modeled team building in a very simple yet profound way.

  1. Before Jesus selected his team he consulted the Father in prayer: Many leaders bypass prayer and go straight to observation and interviewing. Pray first and you’ll have less problems later.
  2. Jesus called to himself those whom he desired: Jesus liked the people he called into his team and apparently they liked him. He saw something in each of the potential leaders that he liked and he desired to develop it. You liking the team you work with and the team liking you is important. Do you like your team members and do they like you or is it a task to be endured?
  3. Jesus first priority for his team members was relationship: Too many leaders appoint team members to work first on a task but the task will only be done the way you want if your team feels they can trust you and trust only comes through personal relationship. Distant and aloof leadership is a thing of the past. We must appoint team members to be with us and out of relationship flows the task.
  4. Jesus leadership was about empowerment not control: Too many leaders see their spiritual authority through the lens of control rather than empowerment. This comes from personal insecurity and fear of man and lack. But Jesus ultimate goal was to empower the apostles and send them out with authority to carry on the work of the ministry. Team members who feel empowered want to go the extra mile and are willing to sacrifice for you and the sake of the cause. Why? They trust you, they like you, they are empowered by you.

Build great teams in 2010 Jesus style. The pattern for New Testament ministry is TEAM, not lone ranger. Together everyone achieves more.

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