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For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you. (Titus 1:5, NKJV)

Why do we think we can do everything ourselves? Do we not trust our team members? As the Engineering Design and Analysis Supervisor in the solid propulsion industry, I realized I couldn’t do projects including planning, budgeting, and writing all by myself. We needed teams of specialists in order to deliver a design with the necessary integrity to our customer.

These steps helped me to prepare a project and involve my team. This is how I prepared, (1) I met with nearly 100 people in my group and their supervisors to clarify their goals, (2) Described resources available, and (3) Let them know my expectations for them. Then I released them to subordinate supervisors to do their work.

As I studied Paul’s letters to churches and individuals recorded in the New Testament, I saw he too realized he couldn’t do it all himself. For example, he sent Titus with a specific job assignment to Crete (Titus 1:3), because he realized he couldn’t do everything all by himself and that God had other things for him to do. In the Pauline epistles and the book of Acts, there are 118 names listed on Paul’s team. 

So much to do we need a team

We can’t do it ourselves; that’s not our dream

Each does his part with all his soul

In industry or ministry to further the whole.

Effectiveness increases in industry and ministry when a team is formed to do the work.

What tasks are needed in your local church?

How can you help accomplish these tasks?