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Are You An Ideal Team Player?

Are You An Ideal Team Player?

Saturday, I watched three SBS basketball teams of second and third graders play for their respective championships (silver, gold, and platinum brackets). Two of the three teams won their titles! Team sports teach students many valuable lessons, including how to be a good teammate. At SBS, we’ve talked a lot about being an Ideal Team Player (Patrick Lencioni), and we describe our ideal team players with five qualities.

Humble: We are Christ-centered and not self-centered. To be a good teammate, we must put the goals and needs of the team first. An ideal team player is humble enough to learn and grow while sacrificing for the team.

Philippians 2:4: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your interests but also to the interests of others.

Hungry: We pursue excellence and are willing to do more. Humility opens our hearts to growth, while hunger pushes us to do the work necessary to improve and get the job done right. An ideal team player gives maximum effort for the good of the team.

Colossians 3:23: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.

Smart (People): We are a caring community. Smart refers to being people smart; an ideal team player works well with others and treats them with care and respect.

2 Peter 1:5-7: For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

Positive: We choose joy! The single most significant choice we can make each day is our attitude. A positive and joy-filled attitude can keep us moving forward, while a negative one can cripple progress. When an ideal team player is positive, it is like grease in the gears; everything runs smoother.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Loyal: We are faithful and steadfast. God is the definition of faithfulness, and He calls us to be faithful to Him and His children. Our loyalty to God and others is not half-hearted or convenient. It is an all-in commitment for all time. An ideal team player is committed to the mission and one another.

2 Thessalonians 3:5: May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

3 Steps to Becoming an Ideal Team Player:

  1. Commit to being an ideal team player wherever you are part of a team.
  2. Pick one characteristic each week, memorize a Bible verse about it, and then practice living it. 
  3. Find someone who will hold you accountable for the ideal team player characteristics.


Mark these passages in your Bible to remember the characteristics of an Ideal Team Player:

  • Proverbs 22:4 | HUMBLE - Christ-centered, not self-centered
  • Colossians 3:23 | HUNGRY - Pursue excellence and be willing to do more
  • 2 Peter 1:5-7 | SMART (People) - Care for others
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 | POSITIVE - Choose joy!
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:5 | LOYAL - Faithful and all in