The Value of a Team

I know that when you are the president of a ministry, you are supposed to be an expert. But I didn’t feel like much of an expert last weekend.

My wife and I purchased one of those "pre-fab" pieces of furniture — a shelf for our bathroom. She went out to run an errand, so I decided to put the furniture together to surprise her when she returned.

It happened on about the seventh step. I was holding one piece with my left hand, had a screwdriver in the other, was pushing a second piece up against the first with my shoulder, holding a screw in my mouth and balancing the whole thing by leaning it against the wall — suddenly a large piece slipped and the other pieces began falling to the floor. I was able to slow the fall enough to save it from any major damage, but it became quickly apparent — it would be almost impossible for me to put this furniture together by myself.

The same thing is true in leadership.

We have team-based leadership at Man in the Mirror. I both love it and hate it. I "hate" it because I often don’t get my way. Believe it or not, people don’t just do what I want because I’m the president.

I love it because what we end up with together is so much better than what I would have done on my own. It takes a little longer; it’s messier; it can be frustrating; but the best ideas win and God uses everyone’s gifts to help us get where He wants us to be.

This is not Pat Morley’s ministry. This is not David Delk’s ministry. It’s God’s ministry, and He gave us a team to carry it out.

In the same way, you need leaders by your side who can help you become more than you could ever be on your own.

Do you have someone walking with you in your personal life and in your ministry? If so, thank them this week and also take a moment to thank God. If not, why not meet with one or two men this week, share your story, and see if God might call you into partnership together?

Leadership is a team sport. Grab someone and get in the game.

With you in the battle for men’s souls,

David Delk
President, Man in the Mirror.

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