I enjoy watching basketball. Basketball reminds me that you can have a star player, but the team that usually wins is the one that plays the best team defense and offense. Basketball is a team sport. In the same way, leadership in His kingdom is designed to be a team effort, a collaboration of leaders each with different gifts, capacities and responsibilities.
I’ve learned that you can go fast alone but you can go farther together. In other words, I can get something done by myself quickly, but if it is to be sustainable, it must be done as a group with others making contributions. I need insights, contributions, and gifts of others to compensate for my shortcomings, limited perspectives, and incomplete knowledge and wisdom.
Things happen when others help and contribute through their spiritual gifts.
God is also known in relationship. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit collaborate to lead the universe and all creation. Though we have great difficulty in understanding how the Trinity works, no one can miss that they collaborate. This is the perfect model of collaborative leadership. If the Trinity models this, should we not also do the same?
Similarly, Paul was not a “lone-ranger” leader. Yet so many ministries are led by lone rangers. Jesus, Paul and the disciples did not work this way. Leading in light of eternity means we will follow the model of the Trinity and of Jesus’ apostles in working together with other leaders.
More on this next week.