Acts 6:1-4 “And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. (2) Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. (3) Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. (4) But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”
It is so vital that the local Church learns to operate as a team. The modern American Culture has placed more on the local pastors than they can physically handle. The reason Church’s are failing to grow spiritually and numerically is because they are not following the principles found in this Scripture. It is evident that only about 10% of Christians carry the load of the Church. The most successful Churches are the ones where the pastor can devote the majority of his time to prayer and study. I recently read a quote that talked about “team work”. It was an acrostic on the word “team”. I would like for us to look at this acrostic and apply it to our own lives.
- T – Together: Unity is absolutely essential to seeing the Gospel presented on local and global level. These Christians throughout the first Church were united and therefore saw a revival that shook the entire world.
- E – Everyone: Ministry does not take someone, it takes everyone. A successful ministry is not about an individual. The most successful ministries are when everyone is participating.
- A – Achieving: If feels good to see accomplishments fulfilled before our eyes. When a team is put into place we can achieve so much more at a much more rapid pace.
- M – More: I love the idea of achieving more. However; we must realize that more happens when more people are involved. Don’t put more on an individual, but put the “more” on everyone and more will be accomplished.
Today’s Challenge: When it comes to the Gospel it should be less about “me” and more about “Team”.