In This Together // Stu Faris

I know it sounds completely cliche, but it’s true.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “there is no I in team”.

The society we are a part of today seems to be more and more “individual” and we seem to retreat back to our corners a lot, stay on our “individual” social media sites, and look to better our own “individual” achievements.. There are so many ways that we have become more and more separated, especially in the many current events going on in the world today. There is political partisanship, religious separation, racial and economic division, and more.  It can go on and on, ever-changing and yet the same, day after day, week after week, year after year. These things are in some ways the same as they’ve always been, but have been represented in different forms since the beginning of time. Humans just can’t seem to get it right.  

But we’re in this thing together!

And we need each other, right?

Yes, we do!

Even though we have certain careers or parts of the jobs that we perform in our careers that need us to go off on our own to accomplish these goals, we need each other. We have to come back together to form a group in many cases.  And sometimes we need to ask for help.

It has almost become a sign of weakness in our modern society to go and ask for help or for someone to know that you don’t know everything and don’t have ALL the answers. But it’s ok to ask for help. It’s ok to learn. One of the things that I consistently tell my kids is to make sure to learn something every single day, like I do.

It’s ok to ask for help!

It’s ok to need each other!

We can learn in so many ways that we need each other. For example, we see the flocks of geese that fly south before every winter season. If you observe a flock's behavior, you'll see the geese in that flock working together to achieve the common goal of reaching their winter grounds. The geese honk at each other to encourage other geese who are getting tired or straggling. When the entire flock flies together in the V formation, each goose creates uplift and reduces drag for the goose flying behind it. Each goose in a flock shares and rotates the "front bird" position. This is teamwork! Individuals that come together to create a common goal.

In so many ways, the church world is exactly the same. Without individuals coming together to form a team that creates and serves the church, and in-turn the community and the world, it just wouldn’t work. We are all needed. We all have our own strengths, our own tools, and our own roles or positions.  Our own personalities. Our own stories.

We are one.

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The AVL (Audio / Visual / Lighting) Team at The Gathering is a prime example of this. In every worship service there are needs. We meet those needs via individuals that serve at each worship service on audio, visuals, and lights. They work together, but as individuals. What they do forms a team that helps the worship leaders, worship bands, and pastors create compelling worship experiences:  Individuals working together as a team to accomplish an end goal.

I tell my kids all the time that our world would be such a boring place if we were all the same. We need individuals. We need to be ourselves and not try to be anyone else. BUT, we also have to try to work together. It is depressing to be all alone and it has been proven that plants and animals benefit from each other and in many cases depend on each other. Just look at the food chain and the circle of life. We need each other!!!

In this same way, we need each other in a spiritual way. We need to be ourselves, but also be more like Christ, as individuals that also come together to help each other out. 

There is no "I" in team but there is an "I" in Christ and we can be single human beings that come together, work together, love one another, to be more like Jesus Christ.

Be yourself.

Love more.

Work together.

We’re all in this together!