We tend to think of Jesus as a lone worker, but the first thing he did when he began his ministry was to gather a team around him. Apart from when he went off alone to pray, he always took a team with him.
Jesus’ ministry was built on teamwork. When he sent out his disciples to extend the mission that he had begun, he sent them in pairs. This was not a task for solitary missioners. At his last supper, he reminded his apostles that their mission would only be effective if they loved one another as he had loved them - hence, if they worked together well.
This dynamic can be seen in the early years of the Christian church. Peter paired up John, and Paul always worked in a partnership or a team.
Being a Christian is not a solo operation. We need each other, and we need to work together. We need to pool our talents and our resources. We would be wise to following Jesus’ example and work together in teams whenever possible, so we can support and encourage each other.
Last Sunday, we launched a 5 year vision plan for St Catherine’s called “Moving Forwards”. This is the fruit of several months of thinking, praying and discussion by the Church Council. We will only manage to move forwards fruitfully if we consciously and deliberately work together.
Jesus chose Peter, James and John; Paul chose Silas, Luke and Timothy; who would you choose for your partners in Christian service?