Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 ESV
Teams are everywhere…
Think about it. There are groups of people all around us working together to achieve a certain goal. From sports to trades. From the military to the medical field. There are groups of people who work together to create change, make an impact, and take part in something bigger than themselves.
Super Bowls aren’t won alone.
World War II wasn’t won alone.
Michael Phelps didn’t win all of his gold medals alone.
The early church did not grow alone.
A healthy team is an extension of a community, and every human being was created for community. We were not created to function as lone rangers! Team culture allows us to focus on specific roles, but frees us from filling every single role.
While wearing multiple hats is great, there are certain things that we do that someone could do a little better. Identifying those things is healthy! For example, I can do the laundry, but my wife can do it better. She makes sure that the clothes don’t come out the size of children’s clothes.
Good stewardship often requires letting go of something that someone else can do better.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
1 Peter 4:10 ESV
My journey to team.
I used to carry an unhealthy view of team, and well, leadership in general. Honestly, I only thought team mattered if you were competing for the Super Bowl or Olympic Gold. I felt that I always had to be busy doing something or I was wasting time. My programming was that I would just do everything because I didn’t want to trust others to track alongside me.
Within ministry, I felt that it was my duty to shoulder every aspect of it in order to make others’ lives easier. Plus, I liked being in control. What I didn’t realize is that this was a very unhealthy outlook and that I was screaming straight to burnout.
A crucial coaching season allowed me the opportunity to zoom out and take stock of everything I was doing and assess how messy it all was. I realized that while I could do multiple things and fill many roles, that good stewardship of my God-given gifts meant that I didn’t need to tackle every aspect of every “thing” I was involved in.
Instead of being a lone ranger and hoarding my Talents ( Matt 25:14-30) I needed to invest them in others for the sake of the Kingdom. Giving up certain aspects of my leadership not only helped me excel in other areas, it gave me the opportunity to help develop others.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 ESV
Think about it.
- Are you part of a team? If so, how do you see your role?
- Are there areas in your leadership where you see yourself as a Lone Ranger?
- How many roles do you currently fill on a daily/weekly basis.
- How many of those roles provide deep fulfillment?
- How many of those roles do you fill “just because”
- Can you identify someone to help fill some of those extra roles?