3 Ways to Promote Unity With the People You Worship With

John 13:35

By this all people will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

You know what makes me feel really great about this verse? It takes a lot of pressure off the things I tend to put a lot of pressure on. Jesus doesn’t say they’ll know you by how good the transitions in the worship set are, or by how the worship band made no mistakes this weekend. He says that the world will know we are his disciples by how we love one another. He’s talking about unity. I have found that when you focus on a healthy and united team things like excellence begin to happen naturally. Here’s three things to do to promote unity among the people you worship with:

1. Understand and utilize the power of presence. The best gift you can give to the people around you, on your teams or in your families, is presence. There is nothing that promotes unity MORE than presence. Sometimes I'm so busy ministering to people that I forgot to minister with people. I'm so encouraged that in the biblical narrative, God didn't just minister to people, he ministered WITH people. He ministered in word and in presence. When God wanted to set himself apart and show his people the great love he has for them, he sent his presence. Spend time intentionally with the people around you. Take people with you. Give the gift of presence.

2. Have a clear vision. With NCC worship we have a clear vision, and it allows people to rally around the vision and unite towards making the vision happen. The clearer the vision, the easier it is to rally behind. And if your church or organization doesn’t have a clear vision, make one for the team you directly lead.

3. Honor those who serve with you. God honors honor. One of my favorite stories in the bible that has to do with the principal of honor is in 1 Samuel 24. Its the story of when David hides out in a cave with his army while fleeing from Saul’s wrath against him. After David decides to spare Saul’s life, even though the perfect opportunity to get revenge arises, David honors Saul instead saying, “I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.” David chose to honor the one God anointed and in doing so united the kingdom of Israel and brought restoration to his relationship with Saul. Each person you serve with in your ministry teams are anointed of God to do ministry. We have each joined what the bible calls “A royal priesthood of believers” (1 Peter 2:9) and with that, we each have an obligation to honor one another. Honor the people around you and watch the unity it brings.

Unity is not easy. It means building real relationships with the people you serve with, it means staying late after service and tear down to talk to the people you do ministry with. It means honoring the people that do the jobs so easily overlooked. Unity takes intentionality.

I pray that whoever reads this would strive for a God ordained unity on their teams, and I pray for the Church, that we would do our part to strive for unity.

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