Sometimes I am asked by Christian leaders, “What are the elements that lead to true team unity?” Unity is defined as being in a state of harmony. It is the quality or state of being made one. It is not the loss of diversity or uniqueness. It is the confluence of gifts, abilities, like mindedness and effort towards a common cause. My experience tells me that there are two primary pieces to creating team unity: Shared experiences and prayer.
Shared Experiences Unity is enhanced when people are exposed to their weaknesses and made to depend on one another. When a team tackles a difficult task, as a team, there is a comradery built around the need to pull together to be effective at that task. The nature of the common task can vary greatly. It can be an organized team building task. It can be a true to life ministry effort. Whatever the make up of the task it must include something significant enough to demand every member of the team to contribute well. It must be of a nature that each team member begins to realize the value of every other team member. The end result is that the team begins to see that they are better together than alone. There is a sense of oneness that becomes apparent. Therefore, there are appropriate times or seasons for a leader to require that a team go after something together-rather than continuing to be a collection of individual efforts under the same banner.
Prayer Prayer is a spiritual exercise and it has power to shape the core of a team. What I mean is that prayer, directed toward God, as a team, is a unifying experience because, by its very nature, it too expresses a deep dependence upon God. When a team rallies around prayer as a collective expression of dependence, God has the opportunity to also form a collective heart. Therefore it matters what teams pray for. Therefore, there ought to be some God sized requests that a team can trust God for together. As God acts in response to prayer, a team can also celebrate to His glory.
Shared experiences and prayer, when genuine, are important ingredients in forming team unity. What are some of your thoughts?