We HAVE HUGE NEWS at 217church today. It just so happens today is the Day many as well have been waiting for – the kickoff of the NFL Sunday season. The preparation, the anticipation and the signal of a NEW SEASON. I can guarantee you one thing, the overarching quality that makes for an incredible team that will be in the next Superbowl is…CHEMISTRY. The qualities listed below create attractive, effusive chemistry. Incredible teams don’t have perfect people but everyone understands their role and what the goal is…WIN. This is Exhilarating!
It’s not personal ego or accomplishment that matters, but in the end it’s what is on the SCOREBOARD.
“In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” Nehemiah 4:20
Teams rally together and in the case of a church, if God is for us who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) Our scoreboard is lives rebuilt, small groups living sent on mission, and disciples made. All of these things happen through teams. From the beginning, everything we have done has been around the idea of teams. It exciting to be a part of an INCREDIBLE team.
5 Marks Of An Incredible Team…
#1 Unselfishness – When one person gets all the credit, the team is dysfunctional. Unselfishness seeks to advance others for the betterment of the team and the advancement of the cause. When one person makes decisions based on what is best for them rather than the team, it all falls apart. Unselfish people are constantly early for the meeting.
QUESTION: Do you look out more for yourself or others?
#2 Reliability – Not just when things are good but even more so when things aren’t looking good. If you disappear when things get rough, your hurting the team. It’s easy to be a part of a team when things are great, but your true commitment is tested when you don’t see a solution. Reliable people are present through ALL circumstances and they KEEP their word.
QUESTION: Do you support or subvert the vision when things get tough?
#3 Clarity – The greatest teams I have been about are clear and concise about what the common goal is. This happens when people understand how what they do fits with the overarching vision. Where there is clarity there has already been great conviction. WE MUST do this, WE WILL do this, NO MATTER WHAT, THIS IS HAPPENING! The vision is razor sharp, easy for people to see and experience.
QUESTION: Is your team clear about what your team is about?
#4 Urgency – Look, there is limited time to complete the vision. Working diligently to accomplish something that has a noble purpose should not be intentionally delayed. For our church, the urgency is critical. If we don’t work quickly, people go hungry, kids don’t find Jesus, parents lose direction, people lose hope, the enemy temporarily wins. Now is the time!
QUESTION: Are you complacent or compelled when it comes to your team’s vision?
#5 Honor – This may be the most important of all the qualities. When honor is present there is a deep respect of the people you are working with and for. People matter to God and their gifts are to be encouraged. No gossiping, no side conversations, not a critical spirit. But encouragement, direct communication and love for one another.
QUESTION: Are you a complainer or a champion of unity?
Wear your favorite team jersey this Sunday and get ready to be a part of an incredible TEAM! Go 217church! What else would you add to this list? Can’t wait to share the HUGE NEWS with you!
Our Next Series study of the Book of Romans Starts September 18
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Josh Conn is the founding pastor of 217church, a multi-site, contemporary church in Mercer County NJ. 217church is a family with small groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that meets Sundays in the Hamilton AMC24 Theater 10:00am and Sharon Elementary school in Robbinsville, NJ at 11:00. Our new Robbinsville/East Windsor Campus meets every Sunday. If you are looking for a church in East Windsor NJ, Lawrenceville NJ, Ewing NJ, Robbinsville NJ, Hightstown NJ, Hamilton NJ, Mercer County, Middlesex County or Bucks County, PA, we would love to have you join us. Don’t miss our weekend services. Visit www.217church.com for more information. or watch a weekend message here