Designed for Each Other

God would never have given us the Great Commission— to go into all the world and preach the gospel— if He never had intended for us to actually move forward.

Peter tells us that the Lord is not willing “for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3: 9). God would not say such a thing if it were not possible. We are all called into this great work, but none of us can do it alone. No pastor can single-handedly fulfill such a calling, regardless of how gifted he may be. Unless every one of us catches the fire, in the long run we will lack any warmth against the chill of this present age.

Few things are more beautiful to God than seeing His people serve and work together in a united rhythm. It’s like a symphony to His ears. That’s how we were created to function. God designed us to need each other. To reach our communities, much less the world, we need every ministry doing its part and every congregation excitedly doing church as a team.

Stroking Together for a Purpose

Just like paddling a canoe, God designed His people to stroke together for a purpose. He has designed each church2-1- Teamworkwith a special purpose, and He plans to saturate the carrying out of that purpose with joy. In order for this to happen, God has given each of us a unique gift. The combination of our gifts working in sync should give off such a joyful radiance that the whole world stands up and takes notice.

God has given each of us a paddle— a gift, a calling. And like the paddlers in a canoe, each of us has a vital place to serve or a unique role to fill. On each paddle is our unique thumbprint, our own individual circuitry, designed by God Himself. He places each of us in a community— more specifically, a local church— with a divine purpose. He fits us alongside others with a similar assignment and calls us a family, a team, the Church.

No one person is called to carry out this assignment alone; God didn’t design it that way. He created us to do church as a team! A full symphony under the direction of a master conductor will always sound infinitely better than a one-man band.

As we discover and develop our individual gifts and learn to stroke in rhythm as a team, we will be astonished at how much further and faster we go— and with far fewer injuries! Now, continue with me on an adventure that can transform churches. It will renovate your thinking like it did mine.

“Ho ` omakaukau? I mua!” (Ready? Let’s go forward!)


The above is an excerpt from Pastor Wayne Cordeiro’s book, Doing Church as a Team. Throughout February, we’ll be exploring the Biblical mandate for teamwork – and how we as leaders can build thriving teams. 

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