Bible Verses for Ministry Teamwork

While we do not find Bible verses using the terms ministry teams or teamwork, we do find plenty of Scripture about how to function as a team. Of significance, note how many descriptions of the Church suggest the need to function as a team. Each of the following are entities that are considered a unit yet composed of many diverse parts that must function a certain way for maximum efficiency, productivity, and unity.
Ministry Teamwork Because the Church is Many Yet One

  • body (Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:12-27)
  • household/family of believers (Gal. 6:10)
  • spiritual house (1 Pet. 2:5)
  • holy priesthood (1 Pet. 2:5, 9)
  • a holy nation (1 Pet. 2:9)

Members Functioning as a Team Seen in these Bible Verses for Ministry Teamwork

diversity sought, welcomed, respected, valued, pulled upon – every member significant

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Rom. 12:4-5)

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Cor. 12:12)

Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? (1 Cor. 12:14-17)

contributing uniquely according to best fit – every member contributes

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. (Rom. 12:3-6a)

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (1 Cor.  12:4-7)

If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. (1 Cor. 12:17-18)

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; … But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. (Eph. 4:4-7)

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:16)

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Pet. 4:10-11)

interdependence among parts – every member needed

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Eccl. 4:9-12)

If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” (1 Cor. 12:19-21)

unity out of diversity because of our common ground in the Lord, not because we agree or conform – every member united in the Lord

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! (Ps. 133:1)

My prayer is … that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (Jn. 17:20-23)

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 15:5-6)

until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Eph. 4:13)

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. (Eph. 4:15)

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. … One of you says, “I follow …” another, “I follow …” still another, “I follow …” Is Christ divided? (1 Cor. 1:10-13a)

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 Jn. 1:7)

accountable to each other but ultimately all to the Lord as the Head – every part accountable

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Eph. 4:4-6)

What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Cor. 3:6-9)

supportive of one another, coming alongside to help as needed – every part supported

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Prov. 27:17)

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. (Rom. 15:1-2)

… so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. (1 Cor. 12:22-26)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Phil. 2:3-4)

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal. 6:2)

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Heb. 10:24-25)

We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth. (3 Jn. 1:8)

Ministry Teamwork: How to Enhance Team Building

Enhance Team Building for the Growth of the Body

 

To do ministry God’s way, we must follow His design for the Body of Christ which includes interdependence. That’s what ministry teamwork is about. Doing ministry God’s way leads to the growth of the Body so it only makes sense that we intentionally work to enhance team building within our churches and ministries.

How to Enhance Team Building

When we make it our goal to get on page with God and please Him (Col. 1:10) rather than promoting personal agendas to please ourselves, we are better able to serve interdependently, as a team, with one another.

As we get to know, understand, and accept one another on the team (Rom. 15:7), we are better able to function from a place of true fellowship.

When we focus on who team members are, and not just on what they do, it helps us to be better able to deal with issues that arise “for out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34) and the heart “is the wellspring of life” (Prov. 4:23).

The Benefits of Ministry Teamwork

As we become more and more of a true team, functioning interdependently with everyone doing their part, we tend to find ourselves getting beyond mere programming, planning projects, or accomplishing tasks. We focus on true ministry with fellow team members and those we serve.

Ministry Teamwork: How to Function as a Team

Whether on an official ministry team or believers working alongside of each other without being termed a ministry team, we all need to learn teamwork and team building if we’re going to do ministry God’s way.

What Ministry Teamwork is About

Ministry Teamwork is About Following God's Design

Ministry teamwork is about following God’s design for the Body of Christ to function interdependently with each member doing his/her part.

How to Function Interdependently as a Team

For true interdependence, team leaders must serve among, as servants and shepherds, to guide and encourage, not from a position of superiority.

Each and every team member, no matter what their gifts, abilities, or responsibilities, must be seen as valuable so everyone’s participation matters.

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Fellowship in Ministry Teams

Fellowship in Ministry Teams Because We're One in Christ

Philippians 2:1-2 provides a worthy goal for any ministry team:

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

These verses remind us that it isn’t just about the task we have to complete as a team but the relationships we have with one another.

  • How do we treat one another?
  • How do we handle disagreements?

Fellowship in Ministry Teams Comes from our Common Ground

Working on the same goal, or purpose, doesn’t make us one. As the above verses suggest, we’re to be one in spirit as well as purpose. So, even when we disagree, we can still be encouraged. Even when our idea is set aside, we can be comforted. How is that possible? We find our common ground in the Lord, united with Christ. We protect our commonality by exercising His love. We have fellowship with one another because we’re in fellowship with the Spirit. With all of that in place, we can experience unity out of diversity — being one in spirit and purpose.

If we try to find common ground in our own opinions or ideas, our diversity could get in the way. Rather, together, as a team, we seek God’s wisdom, His solution. We make getting on page with God more important than pushing our personal agendas.

Fellowship in Ministry Teams Requires Functioning out of our Common Grace

So much can go wrong when a group of people with different personalities, learning styles, backgrounds, and opinions try to work together. If we’re going to be like-minded and of one spirit and purpose, we must find fellowship with one another in the Lord and the grace He extends.

If we rely on the goodness of people in order to work well together, our diversity will get us in trouble. To overlook each other’s idiosyncrasies and work through conflict, we need to fall back on God’s love and forgiveness, His grace. When we do, we’ll find the tenderness and compassion to work with people we might not normally be drawn toward as friends.

Encourage Fellowship When Ministry Teams Meet

If fellowship must be rooted in the common ground and common grace that can only be found in what we all share in our Lord, then our meetings need to include time to focus on Him, not just the task at hand.

  • Do we take time to pray together?
  • Do we use God’s Word as our filter for making decisions?
  • Do we point each other to His character and ways as the grid through we function?

One way we can do that is to have a short devotional time together. You could keep it casual by having team members share something God taught them from His Word since you last met. Or, members could take turns coming prepared to lead this time with Scripture they believe would be encouraging or relevant to the task at hand. You might work through a study together but must remember not to get so caught up in it that you become a Bible study group rather than a ministry team with a mission to accomplish.

The Ministry Worker’s Devotional: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God could be a tool to use with a ministry team that centers on the very character and nature of God as the resources we need for effective ministry.

Whether we use devotionals or not in our meetings, the basis for our fellowship must consistently and regularly be remembered and reinforced. That could be done through spontaneous moments of prayer, especially when we find ourselves at an impasse. It could happen by purposefully asking the right kinds of questions as we flow through our agenda, ones that challenge us to consider if what we’re planning and doing lines up with God and His Word.

What’s in a Name? Getting Beyond Labels

To remedy attacks on the church for being too “worldly” or “business-like” in how it functions, some have re-labeled what they do. For example, . . .
Name Change - New Labels

job description gets changed to ministry description

committee gets changed to ministry team

The terminology might “sound” less worldly or business-like but have the activities themselves changed to be more godly or biblical-like? Using the same examples, . . .

What one calls a job description could line up more with God’s design and desires for ministry than what someone else re-labeled a ministry description.

What one labels a committee could function more as a living organism and accomplish more for eternity than what another names a ministry team

A ministry description or team can be mired in just as worldly or business-like organizational structure as a job description or committee.

Name changes can be good if they truly depict what is happening. However, if you change the label but not the reason for its existence or the way it functions, all you have is a name change. We need to get beyond labels to truly being the Church God calls us to be. We need ask why something isn’t working and first address those issues. Questions we might ask regarding the same examples already used could be . . .

What is it about your job descriptions that doesn’t promote a ministry mindset?

What is it about your committees that isn’t conducive to a unified advancement toward the common good and growth of the Body?

Once you resolve those issues, then you might want to consider a name change to better reflect what you do.

The examples used in this post are only two of many ways we as a church try to repackage the same old thing. But, since I used them as examples, let me point you to some articles that might help in these areas.

Job / Ministry Descriptions:

Committees / Ministry Teams:

Turning Team Leaders into Team Builders

God Designed the Body of Christ to Function Like a Team:

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Rom. 12:4-5)

As with a physical body, the Body of Christ must work together interdependently, as a team, to function with the kind of unity described in the above verses.

Functioning like a team does not happen automatically just because we are Christians, part of His Church. Team members need certain qualities built within them that help them truly engage in such fellowship. Consequently, team leaders must promote these qualities. But, what will it take for team leaders to turn into team builders?

Equipping Team Leaders to Become Team Builders:

Tools

While providing practical ideas is always good, team leaders need to be reminded of the tools they already have constantly available to them — the cross of Jesus which brings us together into one body, the Word which instructs us on how to live within God’s design, and the Spirit who enables us.

Ministry Tools to Equip

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Example

Jesus’ example of servanthood is the best pattern we will ever have for functioning as a team (Jn. 13:3-15; Phil. 2:1-11). When we learn such selflessness, willing to lay aside our rights for the good of others, then we too can be an example. We will be able to say, as the Apostle Paul said, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1).

Also Read: Church Leadership Qualities – Be an Example

Assurance

Knowing the tools it will take for us to be the Body God intends us to be and having good examples of it doesn’t always translate into living it out. We need to have such a trust in God that His ways are always right and that He is great enough and powerful enough to change us and those we serve, that it moves us to action.

Resource: Ministry Worker’s Devotional: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Mentoring

Sometimes it helps to be able to interact with someone in whom God has developed the qualities essential to teamwork. We can learn from their experiences but also from their heart.

Also Read: Mentoring

Click on the following link for more:  Church Leadership Skills: Team Building