Have you ever been part of a really good team? It could have been a sports team like volleyball or soccer, or maybe a performing team like band, show choir or drama….or maybe your “good team” experiences occurred while participating in a school, work, church, or home project. Regardless of the context, all these good teams had 3 things in common: a clear common purpose; effective leadership & communication; and trust, respect, and engagement from every team member. Working on a good team allows each member to share their unique gifts, making the task both fun and fulfilling.
The Apostle Paul knew the importance of teamwork in the church. In his first letter to the Corinthians, he uses the analogy of a Body to make this same point. “God put our bodies together in such a way that even the parts that seem the least important are valuable. He did this to make all parts of the body work together smoothly, with each part caring about the others. If one part of our body hurts, we hurt all over. If one part of our body is honored, the whole body will be happy.” (I Cor. 12:24 – 26 CEV). With a common purpose to glorify Jesus and with the engagement of all body parts to do their jobs, the church and its members will find joy and fulfillment.
Over the next few weeks, you will hear more about our “Grow the Good” Campaign. By funding critical facility upgrades and significant mortgage reduction, the campaign will position Cedar Hills to reach even more people with the good news of Jesus Christ than ever before. Whether you can give a lot or a little, God promises to use each commitment to both grow us as disciples, as well as provide a solid foundation at Cedar Hills for many years to come. While campaigns can be stressful, working as a team allows everyone the chance to lighten up and enjoy the journey together. We believe that God is calling each of us to be a part of the “Grow the Good” team!