Many years ago, when I looked at
the promises in the Bible concerning Israel, the Church, the Messianic
Remnant and the End Times, I came to the conclusion that no one is strong,
wise or righteous enough to fulfill them. If God was calling us to
be involved, we had to work together as a team. If we could not develop
teamwork, we could not fulfill our destiny.
Recognizing the Need for One Another
It's never easy to work in a team. A team involves other people; and
people have problems. They bring their weaknesses, their differences of
opinions, their pride, fears, stubbornness, frustrations, etc. People come
with their "baggage" and their "garbage".
Once I distributed to our staff pieces of a children's jigsaw puzzle.
We had to slide our pieces into the center of the table to make them fit
together. The separated pieces had no meaning, but when connected, the
picture was seen.
Each piece had curves going inward and curves going outward. We interpreted
the inward curves as our weaknesses or needs, and the outward curves as our
talents or strong points. The inward curves - our weaknesses - were what
enabled the pieces to fit together. The key to forming a whole picture is
for each one to recognize his need for the other. We can allow our
weaknesses to pull us together, where often our strengths push us apart.
How to Know You're Doing it Right
I serve now in senior leadership at Revive Israel, Tikkun, Ahavat Yeshua
and Tiferet Yeshua. Thank God, each team is bearing much fruit by His
grace. I feel very aware of my own weaknesses, and often am not sure of
what I contribute. Each team is made up of gifted, talented and motivated
people in their own right.
If there is anything that I feel we have done right, it is to create a
feeling of teamwork and joint "ownership". In each of these groups, it is
apparent that there is interaction and "give and take" in the team. This in
itself provides a sense of safety for the other people involved. Nothing is
dependent on just one person.
Recently I summarized our teamwork goals in a simple three step guideline:
- Your Success
- Our Togetherness
- Generational Transfer
The first priority is to desire the success of the others involved.
The attitude should be: "If I can help you succeed, then I have done my
The second priority is maintaining the unity of the team. Everyone has to
sacrifice of himself in order to keep the togetherness. Yielding is
the price of unity.
The third area involves training and transfer. Not only are the
goals of the kingdom of God too big for any one person, they are too big
for any one generation. Transferring roles and positions goes in
both directions: "up and out" for the elders, and "down and in" for the
The transition is like a family in which the child then becomes the parent,
and the parent becomes the grandparent. The authority is moved gradually
away from the elder to the younger, but the elder remains in a place of
influence and honor. I hope these principles of teamwork and
covenantal relationships will help you bear much fruit in every sphere of
life (John 15:5, 8, 16).