There is no way that I could even come close in planting this congregation on my own.
1 Kings 11.26-43
Reference: v.27b Solomon had built the supporting terraces and had filled in the gap in the wall of the city of David his father. (NIV Bible)
Explore: Currently I am looking at planting a new congregation. There is so much planning and preparation that goes into this. The other night I sat down with my team of eight and we planned out what needs to be done before our launch date. There were copious notes made as we fleshed out all that needed to be done. It seemed overwhelming and we were well aware of our team being so small. However, as we started delegating out tasks I could see all the strengths of our team emerging and how well they could weave together to birth something good. There is no way that I could even come close in planting this congregation on my own. With this awesome team of mine it still seems daunting and yet I know it is possible.
Application: When I read of the majesty of the temple and palace that Solomon built I wonder if it would have seemed like an impossible task before he started. Yet we know for a fact that while Solomon is said to have 'built' the temple it was actually his workers and slaves who were the ones to physically construct the buildings. That doesn't mean that Solomon was 'lazy' or that his leadership didn't play an important part, however it's important to remember that it takes a whole team of people to put something wonderful together.
If you speak to any effective leader they will tell you how important their team is to them. We were not created to do things on our own but to work in community. There's no 'I' in team. While one person may be the pivotal point each person plays an incredibly important part.
Prayer: Dear Lord, so often we try to do things on our own, we even leave you out of the picture. Forgive our arrogance and may your Spirit bring unity to the teams we are a part of. Amen.
What are the challenges in working as a team? What are the benefits in working as a team?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.