In the movie 300, there is a scene where the king asked warriors from another nation their occupations. They answered with their individual roles in the nation: farmer, blacksmith, etc. When he asked the Spartans their occupation, their response was clear – they existed as one, powerful unit, rather than a collection of men.
In ministry, each church staff and team must see themselves as Spartans in battle formation. We may have different and distinct roles – lead pastor, youth pastor, children’s minister, worship leader, etc. – but we are one unit, the church. We must be who we are, and act in our respective roles, but we MUST act as a team.
The Spartans fought in the phalanx formation. (I can hear the JH student in you giggle. But I digress.) Each warrior held his shield to a point that it held the strength of the formation and defended the man on his left. We need to be aware that not only are we a team, we are responsible for each of our team-members’ health and well-being.
I was struggling through these thoughts (and they may seem clearer at the moment since I’m not on a church staff right now) the other day, and have just a couple of questions.
What’s your role on your church staff? Pastor? Youth Pastor? Etc.?
How are you benefiting your team outside of your specific area