You can read Part 1 first if you like.
Yesterday was a Philippine holiday, but the leaders of our campus ministry decided to meet to discuss some very significant improvements with far-reaching effects on us. We came in with different viewpoints, and left with a single document that we could all rally around.
It had a lot of thinking, reasoning, and debating. At one point there was a very loud shouting match between two of our veterans. But when the debate was resolved, the argument was put aside and the meeting continued.
Walking in unity is difficult. But the alternative is worse. Here are some qualities that every team needs to have if it wants to work together.
1. Same Values
I can’t go into detail without boring most of you, but that document we produced was only made possible because we were all clear about what was valuable to us. It’s impossible to walk in unity with others if your priorities aren’t aligned. Sooner or later, one of you will have to choose.
2. Lots of Humility
Each of the men and women in that room yesterday were experienced staff who were pretty successful on their own. But all of us believe that we’re better together. We’re willing to give up on our own ideas for the good of the whole team. I was amazed by how quickly we were able to progress because no one had any other agenda than fulfilling our mission.
3. Lots of Love
When you’re friends, not just colleagues, you won’t be as quick to walk out on one another. Even before we were the leadership team of a national movement, we were friends and like brothers and sisters to one another. I listen to them because I can trust them.
4. Big Vision
I used to be irritable with teams. I thought I could do things faster without other people and their dumb opinions. While it’s true I’d be faster alone, I wouldn’t accomplish anything of significance. That’s why the team is important.
As we all described what we wanted to see accomplished in our campus ministry it became obvious that no one could reach this dream alone. It would take the whole team and the rest of the staff, volunteers, and students. That’s why we work together.
I never want to break away from this team, because I’d rather be a benchwarmer in a championship team, then the leading scorer in a consistently losing one.
Like I said last Wednesday, much of life is about Who You’re With. As you look around you at Who You’re With, ask yourself:
- Am I walking with people with the same values?
- Am I willing to humble myself and set aside my personal agenda?
- Am I loving to the people in my team?
- Are we captivated by a huge vision that requires a great team?