Four Bible Passages About Teamwork


bibleNone of us are strong in every area. Some of us are gifted as preachers but not gifted as counselors. Some of us are strong leaders but not so good at details. Some of us are good at building relations yet we’re not strong managers.

And that’s actually good. If you were good at everything, you wouldn’t need the rest of the Body of Christ. Your church needs every member involved in ministry—not just you.

Good teamwork is necessary in all areas of life—our families, our businesses, our communities. Paul reminds us in Romans 12 that bodies don’t function well unless they work together.

Neither do churches. Your congregation needs to work together as a team. Here are some specific passages to teach your members:

  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-12: “Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad, because there is no one to help him. If it’s cold, two can sleep together and stay warm but how can you keep warm by yourself. Two men can resist an attack that would defeat one man alone. A rope of three cords is hard to break.” (TEV) We are better together than we are on our own.
  • Nehemiah 4: When the Israelites were rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem, the work got tough and they got discouraged. Finally, they just gave up. So Nehemiah reorganized the work into teams. Half would stand guard with their spears and swords and protect everyone. The other half would work. Then they’d alternate their positions. He posted everyone by groups and families, so they could encourage and support each other.
  • Mark 6:7:  When Jesus sent people out in ministry; he sent them out in twos. He did not expect them to minister alone.
  • Acts 24: Paul specifically mentions seven people who were part of him ministry team. He brought others along, not only to train them, but also to keep him encouraged.

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  • Luís

    Awesome! Great post!

  • Owolabi Olaseni

    i will like you to kindly explain in detail on the following questions
    1. What is patience?
    2. Can someone be truly patience?
    3. Do we lean patience or Receive patience?
    4. is there any reward attached to it?
    5. is it possible for it to stop manifesting in a man that has it?
    6. is there any difference between temperance,long-suffering and patience?

  • Kent

    Do you have any books related to teamwork that you can recommend (based on bible).?

  • PastorMason

    Even though their motive and goal was ungodly, I still think Genesis 11:6, the Tower of Babel, is a classic story for teamwork. They were one and all spoke the same language and nothing was impossible for them. Imagine if we could duplicate that with Godly motives and goals???

  • Rob T.

    What about Exodus 18, where Jethro gives advice for Moses to delegate his work to a team….

  • Harold Murray

    This was cited in the article: “Acts 24: Paul specifically mentions seven people who were part of his ministry team. He brought others along, not only to train them, but also to keep him encouraged.”
    I was unable to find any mention of seven people who were part of Paul’s ministry team in Acts 24. Is the reference misquoted?

    • Rob T.

      I think you are right – I can’t find it either.

      • PastorMason

        It’s not Acts 24, it’s Acts 20:4. God bless : )

    • PastorMason

      It’s not Acts 24, it’s Acts 20:4. God bless : )

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