Cultivating Healthy Relationships in Teams


Over the years, I've had the privilege of participating in a number of different teams. Those teams included a range of academia, business, and ministry. When I look back on my experiences with teams that did well, there is one constant: we always worked together like a family. Like every family, there may be times when you absolutely cannot stand one other and times when you cannot get enough of one another. Let me tell you right now how my brothers maybe my worst enemies one day and my closest buddies the next. When it comes to teams, I think that success is achieved when members not only work together as if they were family out of mutual respect but also have a thorough understanding of each other's strengths and weaknesses. 

A house, for instance, can't be built without first having a blueprint made. You may find all the details you need to achieve your goal in the plan. In my opinion, God has designed the plan with HIS purpose in mind. The success of this plan depends on the contributions of everyone. What's fascinating is that no two components can serve the same function. Teams frequently fail to appreciate or even recognize the unique and diverse talents of their colleagues. According to MacMillan (20010), “Although team members don’t need to know one another very well personally to perform as a team, they do need to know one another’s abilities and potential contributions,” (p.135).

According to 1 Corinthians 12:12-20, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.  Even so, the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” 

Suggestions for the future success of your team 

in my opinion, God believes that we, and the people we serve, will be more effective when working together in groups, therefore He equips us to work in teams. Although we may agree with this in principle, we may find it challenging to put our trust in the group's judgment when it conflicts with our own. Pray for the faith to put the team's judgment ahead of your own. What a dreadful existence it would be if, despite your flaws and ignorance, everything in ministry happened according to your plans. 

Macmillan, P. (2001). The performance factor: Unlocking the secrets of teamwork (1st ed.). Broadman & Holman Publishers. 


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