By Dan Zimbardi
The Big Idea: Unity is like gas in the tank of your organization. Division is like sand in the tank of your organization.
Unity is like fuel for your church or your business; it’s going to help you to go further faster. Division is like sand in the tank; it’s going to slow you down.
And ultimately, unified churches, businesses, and organizations go further faster to realize their mission. It is essential for leaders to create an environment where unity exists and to fight for unity when division starts to set in.
1 Corinthians 1:10 “I appeal to you brothers and sisters in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that all of you agree with one another and what you say, and that there’d be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
You might be thinking, Man, that’s an incredibly high bar never to disagree or ever to have thoughts that are counter to one another. And it’s true. Look, this is a very high bar.
Inside your organization, it’s okay to have some disagreement. It’s okay to have some friction. Those things are good. Still, at the end of the day, when the meeting is over, and everyone walks out, this is where you must be of like mind. You must be on the same page and united as a group and that is what Paul is talking about when he states, “There’d be no divisions among you.” We must be of one mind when we’re moving forward, and we’re ready to make a decision and communicate out a decision we have to be on the same page.
I’ve worked with many churches over the years, and I have noticed that churches that are not on the same page that have infighting with the pastor, elders, and members – that church is not going very far to realize its mission.