This may seem like a strange title, but it is interesting how sometimes team building can be seen as a threat rather than the opportunity it really is.
So what is team building? in its essence, it is about a number of people coming together under the vision that someone has shared to do something together. In terms of working with young people, it is coming together as a number of people under the vision cast by someone to see a difference made in young people’s lives. so why on earth could this be a threat?
Well the opportunity is maybe more obvious, but does involve a sacrifice, as the threat is also obvious. The key threat within team building, is that the result may not actually work out in the way that you want it too as a team member! If someone in a town shares a vision, and draws other people to join the team from other Church groupings, to engage with a group of young people on an estate, in an area, in a park, or wherever, it is always possible that the young people engaged with may not engage with the particular Church that a member of the team is part of. This then brings the threat, for could it be that our church comes before enabling young people to encounter Jesus?
This of course is the opportunity, that as a team, something si done that is currently not been done. Young people are being engaged with, that have not been engaged with up until that point. A difference is being made in a community, on an estate, in a park, transformation is taking place. All obvious opportunities! the question is which is the more dominant thought in Church life?
We often pray for God’s kingdom to come, to make a difference in the lives of people around us, and surely this needs to be more of the focus, god’s kingdom breaking in, making the difference, as opposed to us seeing the threat of things not necessarily happening for our particular Church gathering.
If we are happy to keep praying “your kingdom come” then we will take the opportunities that God opens for us, but if maybe we feel the threat too much then maybe “your kingdom come” is to big a prayer when it comes to team building across an area.