Glenn Burris Jr.
Glenn Burris Jr.

It’s helpful to see Jesus assemble His team in Mark 3:13-19. He didn’t choose perfection. He didn’t prioritize the same personality traits.

He carefully selected those who could persevere. He chose them because they would ultimately not back down to threats or uncertainties.

They were the kind of team members who would respectfully speak their mind, cover one another in times of crisis and stay committed to the mission, even when their own lives were on the line. All of Jesus’ disciples except one fit this bill.

Even Jesus reminds us that no team is perfect. They have the freedom to integrate and to lead with integrity—but, at the end of the day, some may disqualify themselves. That being said, every team member, including the ones who don’t make it, is afforded every opportunity to succeed at the mission.

Team dynamics stretch every organization. But learning about Jesus leading His disciples in an extraordinarily tough environment gives hope to assembling teams. Invest in their future; you may see the best results after you’re gone.

Lead others in such a way that they will carry the mission farther than you ever could have.

Prayer + Reflection

1. Who all is on your team? Why do you think God chose each of them? Thank God for the support He has sent, and ask Him to help you see the gifts and talents each teammate brings.

2. Ask the Lord to direct your paths and show you the role you are to play on the teams where He has placed you.

3. Remember a time you felt betrayed by someone on your team. Did you see the situation with God’s eyes, or your own vision? Confess any sin, and pray for perspective and love for those who disqualify themselves.

4. What are necessary characteristics of a God-centered, effective team that shares the Good News? Ask God to send those who can fill the needs your team has, and for a unified vision of His love to share with your community.

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served as the president of The Foursquare Church from 2009-2020.