Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Teamwork! Teamwork! Teamwork!

by Robert C. Frank

The whole world needs better teamwork including families, churches, governments, and international relations. It is a subtle part of the Christian gospel that has been hovering in the background for thousands of years waiting for it’s time to be acknowledged. It is related to the servant leadership teachings of Jesus Christ during his life. Teamwork requires people to work together in a very special way noted by the Apostle Paul when he compared the followers of Jesus to the parts of the human body (1 Cor. 12 ). 

Each part of the human body is different and has a different function but must make its contribution when needed or other parts of the body will not be able to function properly. If the lungs aren’t doing what they need to do, the hands can’t do what they need to do. All of the members of a team depend upon each other. A baseball team cannot do what it has to do if the catcher isn’t there
In spite of the Apostle Paul’s brilliant analysis of what is expected from the followers of Jesus, Christian leaders have not placed much emphasis on interdependency. Christianity has mostly emphasized each individual’s personal relationship with God. As a result, the members of church congregations tend to function as loosely connected volunteers. The interdependency of members is rarely mentioned in sermons so weekly attendance at church services is typically in the range of 20 to 30 % of total membership

Perhaps it is time for Christian leaders to take another look at the Apostle Paul’s comparison of the followers of Jesus with the Body of Christ and study it from that perspective. 
Robert C. Frank
Author of Christ’s Team

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Team Building Function of the Weekly Christian Church Service

by Robert C. Frank

Recent surveys are showing that attendance at weekly church worship services is declining in America as it has for many years in Europe. As a result, Christianity has lost many connections in its network. In the Bible, the Apostle Paul refers to the followers of Jesus as the Body of Christ because they have different capabilities but are accountable to each other like the parts of the human body that we now know are connected by nerves. 

The central message of Christianity is made up of the combination of Jesus’ servant leadership teachings and forgiveness achieved through his death and resurrection.  In order for the worldwide Christian Church to function as the Body of Christ, that central message has to be continually spread through its connections and teamwork. In the past, the weekly church services were the nerves of the Body of Christ providing the needed communication between individuals, families, church leaders, and Christian educational institutions.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Focus of 21st Century Christianity Must be on Servant Leadership and Teamwork

by Robert C. Frank

Jesus Christ taught us how to live in the 21st century, but Christianity has become distracted by its many traditions. As a result, worldwide civilization, that has come to rely on leadership from Christianity, is becoming chaotic. The principle elements of Christianity such as the Creed, the Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, Baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the practice of gathering every seven days are more vital to our current civilization than ever, but must be understood in a much larger context.

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Missing Part of the Apostle's Creed

by Robert C. Frank

The Apostle’s Creed has been such an important part of the liturgy of many Christian denominations for so long that it is rarely noticed that part of the Creed is missing. The Creed carefully describes the birth of Jesus and then goes on to describe his death in considerable detail without saying anything about his life and ministry. Those early leaders had no way of knowing that Jesus’ unique form of ministry during his life would someday exert a strong influence on the development of civilization on earth.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Teamwork is needed to Replace Anger and Hopelessness

by Robert C. Frank

The current presidential campaigns bring back memories of the anger and hopelessness of the late 1960s and early 1970s which were related to the Vietnam War, environmental pollution, and civil rights. While most of my adult life has been spent in the quiet atmosphere of science labs, for a brief period in those earlier years I found myself in the eye of a storm. I had agreed to serve as an interim Dean of my college for a few months, totally unaware that I would be there for the entire year. It was a year when college students all over America would use sit-ins and street marches to vent their anger over the perceived incompetence of all the established educational, government, and religious institutions.

Near the end of that academic year, with reports of guns in the dormitories, we had to shut down the college for a day to talk and relieve the stress. After that the school year finally ended peacefully. The following year was relatively quiet on college campuses and I went back to teaching physics. The lesson that we learned from that turbulent earlier year is that anger produces stress, but doesn’t solve problems. Teamwork and persistence are required to solve problems.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Where is God?

by Robert C. Frank

In the mix of political campaigns, social media, ISIL attacks, and all the other things going on in the world today, where is God? A first thought might be that God is in the Bible, but further thoughts remind us that the Bible is only a means for learning about God. The reality is that God is in every act of love taking place in the world today. It might be in the birth of a child or just helping someone find something in a supermarket. It might be in creating a breakthrough in the cure of a disease or just in helping someone learn to read. God is in every act of love, but human teamwork is required to make love functional.