The church of Jesus Christ exists to carry out God’s purpose for the world. Every believer is a member of Christ’s body and has a key role to play, according to their God-given gifts and talents. The church will only be effective when each member does his or her part. We will be rewarded for our contribution.

Because of this, every Christian should make an effort to be a DREAM team member wherever they are – at home, at school, in the church, on whatever team they are a part of, at work, and in their local community. We are called to do everything with all of our heart as if we were doing it for the Lord (see Colossians 3:23-24).

Here are five simple ways to become a DREAM team member:

Do your job with excellence

  • Understand and embrace the mission and objectives of the team you are a part of. 
  • Know what your role is and fulfil your specific responsibilities. 
  • Work diligently as to the Lord. 
  • Be aware of all policies and procedures and work within them. 
  • Know your priorities and focus your time on what is most important. 
  • Keep growing and learning, striving to be the best you can be. 
  • Always look for better and more creative ways to do things. 

Relate well to other people 

  • Be a friendly and considerate person to everyone you work with and for. 
  • Be a good listener. 
  • Choose your words carefully and seek to use them in a constructive manner. 
  • Be an open and honest person who walks in integrity. 
  • Learn to value and accept people who are different than you. 
  • Be a team player. 
  • Resolve conflicts as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. 
  • Admit it when you’ve made a mistake and seek forgiveness when appropriate. 

Enjoy your job 

  • See the value and importance of what you are doing. Think highly of your work. 
  • Choose to be a joyful person. Smile more. 
  • Be aware of your moods and seek to control them. 
  • Learn to laugh and see the humorous side of life (and yourself!). 
  • Be a grateful person who focuses on the positive not just the negative. 
  • Get on the ‘solution side’ of problems and challenges. 

Accept feedback 

  • Be open and teachable. Avoid any attitudes of pride and arrogance. 
  • Seek to understand your own ‘blind-spots’. 
  • Work on your weaknesses and seek to deal with any personal issues. 

Make a difference in someone’s life 

  • Ask God to use you to positively impact the lives of other people. 
  • Think about what you want to be remembered for then live each day with that in mind. 
  • Be an encourager who lifts people up. 
  • Believe in people and their potential to live a life of significance. 
  • Seek to leave a legacy. 

Conclusion 

Yes, you can be a DREAM team member. In doing so, you will bring great joy to God’s heart, you will be a blessing and you will make a positive impression on the lives of many people for years to come.

Sample Discussion Questions 

  1. Read Colossians 3:23-24, from a variety of translations, if possible. What difference would it make if every Christian put this exhortation into practice? 
  2. Paul describes the church as a ‘body’ with each believer a member of the body (see 1 Corinthians 12 and 14). Discuss this analogy. 
  3. Another analogy used for this message is the concept of the church being like a team. What is helpful about this word picture? 
  4. Discuss the five ways to become a DREAM team member.
    - Which ones stood out to you?
    - Which ones do you think are the most important?
    - You may want to take some time to discuss each of the five points.
    - Are there any other ways you can think of? 
  5. Think about your family or home life – how is this applicable there? 
  6. Think about your LifeGroup – how is this applicable there? 
  7. Think about the church – how does this apply to volunteering for a particular ministry? 
  8. Think about your work place – how is this applicable there? 
  9. What difference could it make if every Christian employee lived by these principles?
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