John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
Someone once said, “Teams that don’t bond, can’t build.” I know that’s true in my ministry experiences throughout the years. If a team doesn’t become a cohesive unit, they never realize the value are have together. When a team member cares about no one but himself, the whole team suffers.
The idea of TEAM was/is priority for me during my years in a local pastorate. So, the day of our mid-week service, my ministry team and I spent the entire afternoon preparing a meal for our entire church family. Imagine with me a bunch of novices shopping for ingredients and supplies, then actually cooking food for hundreds it was an experience We laughed, cried and solved more of the world’s problems during those times. Thankfully, we had years to learn, perfect our craft and served a very patient congregation. Team building concepts were learned in that setting that attending another conference or seminar would have never accomplished.
Also, our leadership team (a.k.a. board members) and their spouses met together, prayed together and served together. The idea behind this is that solders returned to the battlefield to rejoin their buddies because after you work and live with people, you soon realize that your survival depends on one another. TEAM is an absolute necessity in order to have affective ministry.