Teamwork and Football Season

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teamwork and footballTeamwork and Football Season

Football season is here! Along with the changing of the weather comes some significant events of watching our favorite team.  Here are some thoughts about teamwork and football season.

The subjects of teamwork and football are two topics that I talk about often. The reason I do this is because the Bible often speaks of God’s people developing these skills. Although the word “teamwork” is not found within the Bible, the concept is present in the Old and New Testament scripture.

It has been God’s plan from the beginning of creation that we do not work alone. Consider these passages of scripture.

  • The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” ~ Genesis 2:18
  • “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.” ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9
  • “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” ~ Proverbs 27:17

These are just a few passages of Scripture that show that it has never been God’s intention for us to ignore or avoid working together. Many churches claim that claim that they have the skill of teamwork. However, saying you have these skills and practicing these skills are two different matters.

As I witnessed the actions of various congregations over the past three decades I have come to recognize healthy and poor teamwork. Here are six practices that I have noticed about churches that work as healthy and productive congregational teams.

  • Churches that practice healthy teamwork rely on Jesus Christ as the Lord and Master of everything they do. Their reliance on Jesus keeps the church together. There is no question as to who is the Head Coach.
  • Churches that practice healthy teamwork are praying churches.  These churches know that when God’s people stop coming together to pray (like they did on the Day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2) they will cease to be a unified force. When they come together to pray, it is like being in the huddle before action is taken.
  • Churches that practice healthy teamwork love the people that God has brought into their church. These churches do not allow cliques to invade the fellowship. A good football team guards the quarterback, protects other team members, and they are not self-promoting. Strong churches do the same by praying and supporting the church staff and all members.
  • Churches that practice healthy teamwork understand the Church is just that – The Church of Jesus and not an organization, business or a club. A good football team is proud of their name. A good church is also proud of their name.
  • Churches that practice healthy teamwork do not allow an individual or a group of people to dominate or overpower the fellowship with their personal agenda or plans. Once again, a healthy fellowship sees Jesus as Lord. The strong churches never surrender Jesus’ Lordship to any human. A strong football team may have a skillful running back or a talented field goal kicker, however; neither of them is any good if the team does not support them. This need for one another is also true for church members.
  • Finally, a church that practices healthy teamwork claims what Jesus said to His disciples – “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” ~ Matthew 18:20 A healthy football team member knows that without those who are on the field with them, they are pretty much worthless. So it is with the church and relationship with the Lord. As long as Believers unit together under the powerful name of Jesus, call upon the influence of the Holy Spirit, and are obedient to the Heavenly Father, that church will be a healthy team.

How is your church doing this season?

The study of teamwork and football season can teach Christians some strong lessons.

Dale Roach

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