Sunday, November 7, 2010

The S.E.R.V.I.C.E. Culture (4)

by Rev. James Wong
I shared that the final “C” of leadership is culture and together we need to build a church culture that is biblical and progressive using the acronym S.E.R.V.I.C.E. I have covered these: S=Serving Heart, E=Empower Others and R=Result Oriented. For this week I would like to focus on “V” which means, ‘Value Teamwork’.

V = Value Teamwork. What does it mean?

The success of any church ministry largely depends on developing a strong team with a strong sense of comradeship. When team members work as individuals and not as a team, power is diffused and it is impossible to create growth in the local church. To achieve significant impact we must create a culture of teamwork in all our ministries. Teamwork is intentional and not accidental. Here are some thoughts to build good teamwork in the church.

1. Value Teamwork. Jesus was very powerful in his ministry but he did not operate alone. He recruited twelve disciples to be with him and “he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:1-2). Later he “appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.” (Luke 10:1). And before he returned to heaven he gave this command to his disciples “Go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). Let us dream big for the Lord’s work, but we need a big team to grow big.

2. Do Your Part. Practically this means, when you are in the team you must play your part otherwise the whole team will be dragged down by you. We have to be proactive and take the initiative to make ourselves available for meetings or activities to achieve our common goal. Imagine the drummer who forgets to turn up for the worship or the teacher who arrives late in his / her class. All this affect the moral of the worship service and the participants as well. Like in a wristwatch, one wheel that breaks down will cause the watch to malfunction. There are many dysfunctional churches around because a wheel here and there have broken down. People who are supposed to be doing the serving did not do his/her part. The success of the team depends on our participation.

3. Make Work Fun. While there are works to be done and a lot need to be done on schedule and efficiently, this adds pressure on those who are involved in serving in the ministries of the church. We need to be more understanding and more encouraging. While we are working together, we need to enjoy each other’s company and contribution to make serving meaningful and fun. Be extra sensitive to other people’s feelings but let not yourself be too sensitive! “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3 (NLT). Let us cultivate a culture of teamwork for the advancement of the gospel.

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