Why I Believe In Ministering As A Team – Acts 20:1-16
From my reading in Acts 20:1-16 in the One Year New Testament.
I love working with teams of people to do ministry.
I have been blessed at this point with seven people on staff and it is a joy to share the load. We all get to celebrate a lot more because when one person succeeds we all do!
Some ministry organizations don’t really believe in the team approach.
They spread people out to cover more ground, but in doing this sometimes people get lonely and depressed. I even heard of an organization that wouldn’t let brothers minister in the same city! You wouldn’t want James and John ministering together that might get crazy.
Jesus had a crew go with him every where and even the Apostle Paul had a crew,
“Several men were traveling with him. They were Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea; Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica; Gaius from Derbe; Timothy; and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia.” Acts 20:4
We don’t know the exact number of guys Paul had on his team but at least seven or eight including these men, Luke and Silas.
Paul was very gifted, but knew his work would be better accomplished with a team.
This year the Miami Heat had the best player in the NBA, LeBron James. But they didn’t win the Championship because they didn’t have the best team. The San Antonio Spurs had the best team!
Not only is working with a team more effective, it gives the leader an opportunity to multiply himself.
Paul was intentional about passing on what he knew to other men who would be able to pastor and plant churches. Bringing people with you as you minister is in my opinion the best way to train because they get to learn to do ministry first hand.
If God has put a ministry on your heart, don’t just run out and do it yourself, do all you can to recruit a team!
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