Identity - The team must know who they are and how they will approach their sport.
Vision - The team must know what a win looks like and how they plan to reach it.
Preparation - The team must practice the key elements of their sport and their unique approach to a degree that their response during the game is automatic.
Recruitment - The team has to have the ability to communicate their unique approach to the game and why it will translate into success in order to invite people to play on their team.
Winning - The team has to achieve their goals or at minimum have the possibility of reaching their goals. A team that never wins or never reaches its goal will not succeed and will soon find itself void of the very tools and resources it needs in order to win.
Celebration - When the team does meet its goals, it must recognize it and take time to celebrate its success. The team must recognize that it succeeded and in turn set out to continue to reach its goals.
Churches must create winning teams
I have had experience with a number of churches. In all of these churches existed people who really loved God and wanted to tell others about Jesus. But there just didn't seem to be any long term success. Most of the churches would get a new family to join here or there, but for many of them winning was just a memory. In large part this was due to a lack of strategy, a lack of training, a lack of identity. Frankly, they didn't have any of the elements I listed above. They loved Jesus and if someone came into their church building they would do their best to love people and let the pastor tell them about God.
I have also seen a lot of Christians who have lost their fire. They attend church services, they try to do the right thing and not do the wrong things, but for the most part church has just become another thing. In fact for the most part their life is just living one day after another until they come to realize that most of their life is gone and they can't get it back.
Most Christians understand that it is important to grow God's Kingdom and introduce people who don't know Jesus to Jesus, but there is a problem. It is incredibly difficult to convince someone to join something that does not have life, hope, or a chance of winning. How does a Christian invite someone to join their team when that team hasn't had a win in years, never celebrates, and is depressing?
Now imagine if you were part of a church that clearly knew its purpose or identity. The church is clear on how it fits in the community and how it will live within the community. The church has a reason to exist other than being a storehouse for Christians.
Imagine being a part of a church that has a plan laid out for how to fulfill its purpose or identity. The plan is well communicated and is clear and well laid out.
Imagine being a part of a church that has training for each element that is required to fulfill its purpose. Not just boring sit in your seat training, but real life scenario training. Imagine being a part of a church that gives you hope. A church where you can see what life could possibly be like and actually gives you resources that can help you get there. Imagine a church that helps you grow in strength and become healthy spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially. A church that helps you become better prepared and equipped to live like Jesus lived.
Imagine inviting people to a church where you are excited to go. Imagine inviting people to a church where lives are transformed. Imagine inviting people to a church where they will actually get a sense of who Jesus is. Would you actually invite people to that church?
Imagine being a part of a church that actually reaches its goals. Imagine being a part of a church that is known in the community for looking like Jesus and assisting people in healing and overcoming their wounds and other barriers that keep them from living healthy lives.
Imagine being a part of a church that has celebrations, not just for things that happened thousands of years ago, but for people in your community right now. Imagine being a part of a church that provides close relationships in a small gathering, but also provides the opportunity to celebrate with thousands.
It is possible. I predict that it will happen in a place like Goshen County Wyoming. Right now we are starting a brand new team. We are working on our identity and vision. Much like sports teams we need position players and support personnel. We are praying for the people God is preparing for our team. Are you one of them?