andrew muzychuk

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What makes a team, a team?


1.Common goal

A group of people becomes a team as soon as they agree to work together towards a common goal. I believe that a goal is the driving force to many things that we do and to things that we give up. Yet, a common goal often brings or even forces people to work TOGETHER. In first book of the Bible, Genesis 11:1-9, is the powerful story of the power of teamwork. This is the story of the ancient people who decided to build a great city and the tallest tower, more famously known today as the tower of Babel, to make a name for themselves. Couple times in this passage we read sentences that start with saying like: “They said, “Come, let US…”, which points to the decision to work together.

Yet what I find is the most powerful statement about teamwork comes from God Himself: “…they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them…” Genesis 11:6b. God said that if they have a common goal they can achieve it regardless of how big or impossible it seems.

We see one obvious truth about teamwork: it is equally powerful whether the common goal is for good or evil.



Teamwork can be short-lived if people with the common goal fail to unite around the common goal. Unfortunately, often people are giving up on a common goal or deciding to pursue the common goal alone. Yet, without real unity, a common goal won’t be reached. In the story of the tower of Babel, God didn’t destroy it through an earthquake or a firestorm. He just confused their languages, so they couldn’t communicate and understand each other.

Unity has a lot to do with the ability to communicate effectively and the desire to understand each other. Without it, they have abounded its common goal, got divided and eventually scattered.


Benefits of a team vs. individuals

  1. Continuity of the work or mission instead of stopping with one individual.
  2. Personal support from those who work with you. No one understands you as much as those who are pursuing the same goal
  3. Greater results.
  4. Effectiveness in the long run.


Why we don’t like working as a team..

The truth is, despite believing that teamwork is great, we don’t like it. Why?

  1. It is against our self-centered human nature, where personal satisfaction and personal achievement is more important than a common goal. Of course, this is not what we are telling ourselves. Usually, our explanations lay within other’s faults.
  2. It takes time to build an effective team. The beginning is often really messy. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford
  3. Consequently, in the short run, strong and talented individuals are more effective than a team that is coming together.
  4. Teamwork reveals our personal weaknesses: “my way or the highway” attitude, laziness, taking everything personally, lack of commitment, difficult character, failure to communicate, etc.


Teamwork brings greater results, but it also requires more sacrifices from its individuals. Teamwork is not the goal in itself, but rather it is a powerful tool in achieving an important goal. The bottom line is, do we believe in the importance of that particular goal/ mission? If yes, then we can go through a lot of mental, emotional and financial sacrifices to reach it. On other hand, if individuals don’t believe in the importance of the goal, they will be in the team for their own benefit, and partitioning the team.


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This entry was posted on March 30, 2015 by in Christian Living, Church's leadership, government, Leadership and tagged , , , , , .


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