Have you ever heard the phrase “teamwork makes the dream work?” At Church of the Shepherd, we believe that teams play a big role in living out our dream–our vision–of making God’s presence known in every person, community, and throughout the world. We trust each other to live into this vision, rallying together and building one another up in love. But what makes a good team? Here are a few examples from 1 Corinthians 12:

The team has a common purpose.

“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 12:4-5
An effective team works together for a common purpose. Each team member may serve that purpose in a different way, but the end goal should be the same. At Church of the Shepherd, our teams are committed to making God’s purpose known in every person, community, and throughout the world by loving, learning, living, and leading together as we follow Jesus. How we accomplish that will look different for each member of the team, but our actions are driven by this common purpose.

The team is made up of unique gifts.

“But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part!” – 1 Corinthians 12: 18-19
An effective team is made up of members whose strengths and weaknesses complement one another. As a church, we can’t make God’s presence known beyond our walls if our team is made up of only one skill set. We need the unique gifts that God has given each of us to accomplish this goal.

The team is encouraging.

“The eye can never say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you.’ The head can’t say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you.’… This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.” – 1 Corinthians 12:20-21, 25-26
An effective team is made up of individuals who encourage one another. When we believe that all members of the team and their gifts are necessary, we live that out by building each other up.

These examples from 1 Corinthians 12 are just some of the many ways the Bible shows us how to be a good team. What scripture are you reading that supports this value?