If you serve on a well-organized team, then your role is vital to the success of the organization’s mission. If you do not pull your own weight, the entire team suffers because of it, and ultimately the entire organization suffers. Healthy teams are dependent on every member of the team.
For example, Ben Reed is director of our small group ministry at Grace Community Church. His position is critical to realizing the vision of Grace, which is to “make growing followers of Jesus Christ”. The church’s strategy for accomplishing the vision is three-fold. We attempt to attract people to a weekly worship service gathering, then connect them to a small group for Bible study and fellowship, and finally to send them out to serve others. Ben Reed is responsible for implementing the second part of that strategy. If he doesn’t do his job well, the entire vision is in jeopardy. (Thankfully, he’s doing an excellent job!)
Frankly, if you are part of a team and your role is not critical to its success, you are most likely just an expense and not an asset, and you are either bored or lazy, depending on your work ethic. Are you honestly doing your part well? Would your team agree?
Think for just a moment…if you don’t do your part well, what hole will it leave in the organization? What changes do you need to make in the way you are performing your work to become critical to your organization?
On a similar note, do you feel you serve on a healthy team?