The Power of Team
The Power of Team – For years, Pastor Lia and I have been the main preachers in Heart of God Church. However, that was never my intention. I have always wanted a team of preachers. Why? Because charisma can be dangerous.
1. The danger of charisma is that it attracts and distracts.
Charisma is an occupational requirement for entertainers and celebrities, but it is an occupational hazard for preachers and pastors. We are not rock stars or gurus.
Charisma is dangerous because it attracts to self and distracts from Christ.
Our number one job is to direct to Christ. If we misdirect attention and limelight to ourselves, then we have erroneously turned our altar into a pedestal. Let us decrease and let Him increase.
Paul made it clear in Corinthians that Christians should not be “Paul-groupies” or “Apollos-devotees” or “Peter-fans”. Unfortunately, there are churches where, on a Sunday when the star preacher is not preaching, attendance declines drastically. This may appeal to the preacher’s ego, but I would be apprehensive. The last time I checked, we go to church to meet Christ, not man. I thank God that HOGC’s attendance does not decline when I am not preaching. I will do everything in my power to ensure that this doesn’t happen.
Firstly, our congregation must be educated on this issue (which is why I am writing this little piece).
Secondly, there should be minimum drop in quality between the main preacher and the team preachers.
This brings me to the next danger…
2. The danger of charisma is that it cannot be duplicated.
The business world is always talking about scalability.
Charisma cannot be reproduced.
Charisma cannot be taught or caught.
In other words, charisma is not scalable.
If we want to plant churches in multiple locations, multiple time zones, then we cannot be limited to a charismatic preacher.
If we want to build a church for longevity and for the generations, then it must not be built on a charismatic pastor. The church must outlive the pastor.
When Paul wrote, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ”, I am quite sure he wasn’t referring to hairstyles, fashion, personality or even humor. Paul was not talking about charisma, but about imitating his character, convictions and contents. And this is just brilliant!
Character can be reproduced.
Convictions can be caught.
Contents can be taught.
All these are scalable.
Yes, we can scale up…to the ends of the earth.
That is why I am over the moon when we have a team of preachers in our church. It means we are ready to scale up…or in a more biblical term – Multiply!
I am also happy that I am an ordinary guy because ordinary is duplicable. And if I duplicate enough of myself, then “I” becomes “We”. And “We” becomes a team, and as a team we are extraordinary.