For anyone to truly achieve success in ministry or in business, it’s essential to know how to: Communicate, Cooperate, Collaborate and Celebrate.
An idea can come from anyone, anywhere, and at any time. But it takes the minds of many to nurture it from conception to creation. It doesn’t matter how smart you are—or think you are—ideas and input from outside sources can help you improve and refine your thinking.
Anyone can think, dream and imagine. Translating those thoughts into positive action often takes plenty of teamwork and collaboration. In most things we do in life, we have to work with rather than against each other to get something done. The best teams in the world are the ones that help people become better and achieve more than they ever thought they could on their own.
Win-win situations and partnerships are the most important results of teamwork, and something we should constantly strive for. The Apostle Paul instructs: “always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all” (1 Thessalonians 5:15).
A team is not a team if you don't respect and care about one another. Partners must value trust and discover how to keep their egos in check, and they also put a premium, not just on intelligence, but on human decency.
A Good Leader is someone who makes you want to do better work by helping you understand what motivates you and gives you the tools, the opportunities and resources to do good work. This brings the best out of everyone.
So how do you become a Good Leader like this?
You must learn to foster a creative and collaborative work environment where your colleagues and employees can approach you with problems and potential solutions, and be honest and straight-forward with advice and constructive criticism.
King David’s love for God and His Word, along with his understanding of team dynamics and wise diplomacy made him the greatest king Israel ever had. David was relational and knew how to communicate, collaborate, cooperate and celebrate the team’s victories. He knew that teamwork and agreement was the place of power, productivity, peace and prosperity (Matthew 18:19-20).
“Then David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. And David said to all the congregation of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if it is of the Lord our God, let us [pursue the vision]…” (1 Chronicles 13:1-2).
Before he made a decision that affected the lives of many, he consulted with his key leaders, then every leader and finally the congregation, why? So there could be teamwork and agreement, everybody understanding the plan and the reasoning behind it. He didn’t just say ‘God told me…’ when you say that, it prevents anyone from speaking into your life. I always say, ‘I sense or I believe this is what God is saying…’ this way I leave the door open for godly input into my life from other spiritual leaders.
David’s leadership exemplifies the principles of godly teamwork. The success of his team speaks for itself:
- “All these men of war, who could keep ranks, came to Hebron with a loyal heart, to make David king over all Israel, and all the rest of Israel were of one mind to make David king” (1 Chronicles 12:38).
- “They came to David day by day to help him, until it was a great army, like the army of God” (1 Chronicles 12:22).
The first group became mighty men of valor through being under David’s leadership. Then they attracted mighty men of valor—they attracted what they had become—and rallied around a God given purpose:
- To make David King over all Israel (like our purpose to make Jesus King)
- To restore the kingdom back to righteousness, peace and prosperity
- To bring a divided Israel back together as one nation under God
King David created an environment that brought the best out of people and attracted great leaders. Together they overcame adversity, expanded God's Kingdom and brought glory to His name.
David was always quick to acknowledge what God had done. Every time the team had a victory, they celebrated big time (1 Chronicles 12:39-40). We need to make it a point to celebrate God’s great victories in our lives.
I am determined to do my best to prepare myself and our Victory family for kingdom expansion and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. I would rather die trying, than live in a cave of despair and defeat. We are Hebron (Covenant) people and Hebron people will not live for long, in a cave of Adullam (I Samuel 22:1).
We are not the only Movement in the Nation that’s working to see revival, restoration and transformation. But let us pray, build, plant and work like we are the only ones! And in so doing I am confident that we will attract mighty men and women of like passion to see our vision fulfilled.
Yours for the Expansion of Gods Kingdom through Teamwork and Agreement!
Dr George Hill