Shortly before I retired, I was sent on team building and management training day by my employer (somewhat disparagingly referred to as tree-hugging). One of the topics was, what makes a good team? Which was essentially each person bringing their own particular talent to a common purpose and we were given (slightly prarphrased) this example:
- We are each a single entity, a body made of many parts with individual functions and each of us has different gifts and talents which we can use. Some will assist, some will teach. Some will encourage and some will lead.
Now contrast the text above with what the bible says in Romans 12: 4 – 8,
4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
So, how modern is this theory really? It seems we were being taught management theory from a book that is circa 2000 years old; The Holy Bible.
More recently it also made me wonder, how it might be applied not just to individuals but to different denominations of our faith in Jesus.