In a world dominated by “one-man-bands,” that is, one person carrying the entire responsibility and doing all the work alone, we need to reclaim the team leadership mentality. God never intended for one person to carry all the pressure or responsibility for a local church or major ministry. Many leaders have even collapsed physically, mentally, morally or emotionally under such a load. For this practical reason, as well as moral, doctrinal and spiritual reasons, God has ordained ministry to work in teams.
Team leadership is a scriptural pattern. Here is a list of some examples of team ministry in the New Testament, along with Scripture references.
Jesus and His apostles (Gospels)
Peter and John (Acts)
Philip and then Peter and John (Acts 8)
Peter and certain brethren (Acts 10)
Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13-14)
Judas and Silas – join Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15)
Barnabas and John Mark (Acts 15)
Timothy joins Paul and Silas (Acts 16)
Paul takes Priscilla and Aquila with him (Acts 18)
Timothy and Erastus are sent to Macedonia (Acts 19)
Going into Asia, Paul was accompanied by Sopater, Aristarchus, Secundus, Gaius, Timothy, Tychicus and Trophimus (Acts 20)
Leading in teams is a well-defined pattern in Scripture and we should seek today to pattern our ministries and leadership off the team model.
What are some purposes and advantages of team leadership? Here are a few.
1. Team leadership provides a living demonstration of the principle of the entire body contributing to the whole.
2. In teaching present day truth, more than one voice speaking the same thing makes a better impact.
3. A team can more effectively find the mind of the Lord for a meeting or series of meetings and pray towards the fulfillment of God’s will.
4. Team leadership provides a greater possibility for safety and balance in ministry.
5. Team leadership helps guard against the traps set by the enemy, which have snared so many individual leaders.
6. Team leadership provides strength and encouragement for the ministries themselves. Leading and ministering with others provides a sense of inspiration and spiritual growth.
7. When less experienced leaders can accompany more mature ones, the process of discipleship and training is strengthened.
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