When the Apostle Paul spoke to the early church he shared a design about how people should work together. He referred to the early church as “the body.” This is a referral to the human body. This example is used to point out the significance of every member on the team. In writing his letter to the new and growing first century church Paul emphasized the importance of every single person. He wrote:
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Romans 12:4-5
Can you imagine what it would be like to be a member of any sports team and someone on that team decided that they would “do their own thing?” That type of attitude would lead to the loss of the game and most likely injury to others on the team. This is exactly what is happening to many organizations and congregations across the world.
There are some congregations that have come to the conclusion that they do not need the support of the church around the corner, the one across town, the one at the lower end of the county, or the one that approaches ministry in a different way. Many congregations have isolated themselves and do not feel the need to unite with other congregations.
Also, if a congregation is to be successful there must be an acceptance by individual members that they need one another. The resources of a group can do much more than those of an individual.
When an individual “associates” with another person their resources, talents and skills geometrically multiply. The act of identifying with another person, various congregations or groups creates -
- A group of people organized for a joint purpose
- A connection or cooperative link between people
- A mental connection between ideas and thoughts
Although people differ in many ways and their approaches to a task may be individually unique, the power of a unified team cannot be underestimated.
When the Apostle Paul was writing his letter to the Roman church he was placing a great deal of emphasis upon teamwork. He did not use the word team, teams, or teamwork but the comments he made about the body of Christ strongly point to this type of development.