I cannot remember hardly a time in my life that I was not part of a team.
I played Little League baseball when I turned 8.
I played Pony League when I turned 13.
I played basketball when I moved into 9th grade all the way through my Junior Year in college.
I was married on June 16, 1973 while still in college (thus one reason why I quit playing basketball).
I became an Associate Pastor when I graduated from Bible college in 1974.
I played softball for a number of years. I even umpired for 3 years.
I have pastored churches until the present.
Each team had its ups and downs. Some still do. Some had their stars who played fairly with the rest of the team. Some had stars who played well by themselves. The former won games. The latter lost them. When I was pitching in Little League, I pitched several one hitters, but the crowning achievement was the no-hitter I pitched against Longs in the Championship game. While playing basketball my Junior Year in college, I averaged 20+ points per game and 15+ rebounds per game. Sounds impressive.
BUT ALL THAT WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED IF I THOUGHT FOR ONE MINUTE I WAS THE STAR AND COULD DO IT ALL!
A no-hitter is quite an achievement, but no pitcher can take credit for it alone. Scoring buku points is worth accolades, but no player can take credit for it alone. I learned while watching the Tour de France that even though one man may be the go-to guy and wears the yellow (overall), green (sprinter), polka dot (hills), or white (best new rider) jersey, it takes a team to accomplish those jerseys. (No comments about PEDs).
To stand apart from the competition, you must first stand together as a team.
I saw that quote the other day and it ran around in my head (hitting brain matter thank you very much). I thought how essential teamwork was to every working organization-assembly lines, ball teams, marriages, families, music groups, and….of course…churches. We already have a Head (Jesus) so there is no need for someone to clamor for that. What we do need is for each individual member to pull their weight-from the ball boy, to the water boy, to the cheerleader, to the “stars”, to the individual players, to the coach. Trust me when I say I have been part of
teams churches where such was not the case. Glory hounds. Inciters of bad blood. Under-miners. (Not a word but you get the point). Pouters. Disrupters. Obstinate. The truth is the church needs to function as a team if we ever intend on fulfilling God’s commission for us.
Do you think your church functions as a team? Do you have any thoughts you care to share?