In our training resource, “The Biblical Basis for Co-laboring Team Ministry,” IBL highlights an important truth in God’s plan for leaders in the church: God calls for His people to co-labor as they serve in His kingdom.
God sets the standard for co-laboring in the perfect collaborative work of the Trinity. In both creation and redemption, God’s Word reveals the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit co-laboring together in diverse ways and in perfect unity (Genesis 1-3, Ephesians 1:3-14).
When Moses’ father-in-law Jethro observed Moses’ judging “from morning till evening,” he told Moses, “what you are doing is not good.” “You are not able to do it alone.” Listening to Jethro, Moses “chose able men out of all Israel,” and divided the labor (Exodus 18:13-27).
The apostle Paul presents the church as the “body of Christ,” each part chosen and arranged by God (1 Corinthians 12:18). Typically, Paul ends his letters recognizing and thanking his co-laborers in ministry, referring to them as fellow servants, fellow prisoners and “fellow workers for the kingdom of God” (Colossians 4:7-11).
From beginning to end, the Bible reveals a co-laboring team culture in God’s...