We Are BCA

We Are BCA: T.E.A.M. Weekend

A team is a group of people coming together to achieve a common goal. It has often been said that the difference between success and failure is a great team. In the New Testament the church is a called a body, a temple, a family; it’s the bride of Christ. And I would say it is a team as well. As we come to Christ and become part of His team, we work together to build His church and work together to reach more people for Christ. At BCA, we are a team of teams.  One team with many teams.  In fact, there are 235 teams within BCA! That’s a lot of teams all within one team: BCA. And we need YOU. We don’t need more teams, but we need more people on each team.

What are “The Secrets of Great Teamwork?” A Harvard Business Review article by this title features the research of authors Haas and Mortensen, who conclude there are really four characteristics of a great team.  They cite the work of J. Richard Hackman, a pioneer in the field of organizational behavior, who uncovered a groundbreaking insight: what matters most to collaboration is not the personalities, attitudes, etc. of team members. Instead, what teams need to thrive are certain “enabling conditions.” There are 4 key characteristics of teams that determine whether or not they will thrive.

I believe the Bible is out in front on this and has promoted these ideas for years. Different verbiage perhaps, but the same ideas. Let’s examine two of these characteristics here.

Characteristic 1: A Compelling Direction (we call this Mission)

  • Our mission is clearly provided to us through Scripture. We don’t have to invent it because it flows from two key Scriptures:
    • The Great Commandment: Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
    • The Great Commission: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
  • It is why we exist as a church and what we are here to accomplish. We like to boil it down into 4 purposes.
    • KNOW – “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your mind.”
    • GROW – “Make disciples.”
    • SERVE – “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
    • SHARE – “Go.”
  • Talk about compelling! Jesus has commissioned us to be His ambassadors to rescue a fallen world and help more and more precious people come to know Him personally and have their sins forgiven and be assured of Heaven. It has been said, “the foundation of every great team is a direction that energizes, orients, and engages its members.” Seeing people come to Christ is a great and compelling mission! I’m reminded of an incredible human chain that was formed during the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Probably 25 people formed a human chain and rescued an elderly man whose car was immersed in flood water.  Without their intervention, he would have perished. God wants us to form a human chain and reach out to precious people all around us who are immersed in sin and lost-ness and who desperately need a Savior. We are His lifeline, His human chain to rescue the perishing.
  • We like to say it this way: A Great Commitment to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment will Grow a Great Church and Great Christians. We are BCA. That is what we are all about!
  • So as we start this new ministry year, I invite you to join a ministry team, become a part of a LifeGroup, and invite and include those around you.

Characteristic 2: Strong Structure (we call this ministry organization and planning)

  • All over Scripture we see a God of purpose, design, intentionality, and organization. Just look at the impeccable detail of creation.
  • Organization is not a swear word. I have met people who insinuate “Hey, just pray and go with the flow.” Well, they don’t know what that means and they just think it sounds spiritual. To be honest, I think that is unchristian, irresponsible, and lazy. God wants us to do the hard work of building teams, getting ourselves organized, reaching out, inviting, exercising due diligence, training, etc. Of course we pray, but we also need to work hard and smart.
  • Do you know how many families would attend our church if we didn’t take security seriously? If we didn’t make it a high priority to protect their kids (background checks, security systems etc.)?
  • Look at the detail of:
    • Acts 6: Deacons selected in a specific manner to do specific work and cover specific details so people would not be overlooked due to sloppy ministry.
    • Exodus 18: Moses was looking out for 2 million Israelites. Jethro came to him and emphasized the fact that Moses needed help, that he could not do it all himself. So he raised up leaders of 1,000s, 100s, 50s, 10s.
    • Acts 2:42-47: Look at the detail of the life and work of the Early Church.
  • In Ephesians 4:11-16 we see that there are two key ideas in these verses: Organization and participation.
  • At BCA, we recognize that:
    • All are gifted.
    • We choose to use our gifts.
    • We aim to give our best.
    • We purpose to always serve.
  • Structure and organization means leaders, organization charts, job descriptions, recruiting, training of teams and so much more. As you can tell, we value:
    • Each ministry with a team.
    • Each team with a leader.
    • Each leader with a co-leader.

For the sake of a lost world, for the sake of the needy and hopeless, for the sake of bringing strength to the BCA team, and for Jesus’ sake… Join a team and strengthen it! We can do so much more together – so let’s collaborate and add to the collective strength.

This fall, I challenge you to:

  • Join a ministry team
  • Get in a group
  • Invite someone to our upcoming teaching series: “Rise Above: 9 Keys to Living Above the Daily Grind.”

Let’s serve together, grow together and watch God’s Kingdom expand!