Do you want to know how to build a team? Look at teaching in God’s Word about unity within the Body. Philippians 2 provides essential components for team building.
The first point, aligning with God’s purposes, comes from the “if … then” statement in verses 1-2.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
In Christ we stand united but the state of our unity with one another doesn’t always match our standing in Him. “If” teams are going to experience “any encouragement” from the unity they have in Christ, “then” they must be “like-minded” so who they are in Christ becomes what they do.
Teams Aligning with God’s Purposes Demonstrate Like-mindedness
What does it mean to be like-minded? Philippians gives two aspects of like-mindedness:
1) having the same love – based on God’s love (agape) not human love
2) being one in spirit and of mind – based on God’s purposes not agreeing on every issue
Also read: Leadership Skill of Team Building
You’ll find some brief commentary on the above points in the Steering the Church Toward God’s Purposes Leadership Guide along with an acrostic using the word TEAM about the kind of unity needed in team building.