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Team-building is hard. It’s slow. And even with great apps like Planning Center and Slack, it’s still difficult to build and sustain a strong team.

Don’t Just Build Your Platform, Build A Team That Can Support It

Everyone can have an idea. Anyone can create buzz for that idea. But only the few who are willing to take the time to slow down, think things through, recruit willing and able people, and implement a team strategy, will create something that will last.

If you have a message, idea or product that you want the world to know about, there’s never been a better time than right now, to build the platform for it. 

Technology has enabled anyone, anywhere to take an idea (it doesn’t even have to be a good one) and make it available to everyone, everywhere. 

At the press of a button. 

While sitting in your living room. 

In your PJs. 

Teams Build Substance 

Because of this, it’s easy to have an unbalanced approach to creating and promoting a new program or idea. 

The biggest mistake we make? Sinking all our energy into building a platform, while shortchanging the necessity of building a team to sustain that platform. 

This happens in the church as well. Someone comes up with a great idea for an outreach, a sermon series or an event, and the first step we take, is to start thinking of ways to promote it. We create graphics, shoot videos, and bombard social media with the images. But in too many cases, we’re promoting something that doesn’t have the team to sustain it. 

This may be the biggest reason great ideas die too soon. 

We’re creating buzz, but we’re not building substance. 

Why do we do this? 

Because buzz is fun. 

It’s fast. 

And with all the technology currently at our fingertips, it’s never been easier to create that buzz than it is right now. 

Ideas Are Easy, Teams Are Hard 

Team-building is hard. It’s slow. And even with great apps like Planning Center and Slack, it’s still difficult to build and sustain a strong team. 

But building that team is as important as it’s always been. 

Everyone can have an idea. Anyone can create buzz for that idea. But only the few who are willing to take the time to slow down, think things through, recruit willing and able people, and implement a team strategy, will create something that will last. 

That’s what Jesus did, after all. 

Jesus, The Team-Builder 

Jesus had the best idea anyone has ever had. But his disciples wanted a share of the power (Mark 10:37), his brothers wanted him to show off his miracles in Jerusalem (John 7:3-6) and the crowds wanted him to do that cool feeding of 5,000 again (John 6:26). 

In other words, they wanted him to create some buzz, and build a platform. 

Instead, he built a team. 

He took the time to find some untrained recruits, walk them through what was expected of them (both by his example and his words) and send them on a test-run, followed by a debrief (Luke 10). Then Jesus sent them a coach (the Holy Spirit) who would keep the team together and motivated, after he was no longer with them. 

Jesus didn’t build a platform. He didn’t create a buzz. 

Jesus built a team of people that believed in the message, and he equipped them with everything they needed to see that idea through to completion (John 13:5). 

Ideas are easy. 

Teams are hard. 

Great teams, though, are needed to see great ideas become a reality. 

A lot may have changed in the last 2,000 years, but that has not. 

If you really have a great idea, a great message or a great event, it deserves a great team to support it.

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