Dino Rizzo

When I think about teamwork, there are a few pictures that come to mind.  I have often heard my friend Shaun Nepstad (the great pastor of Fellowship Church in Antioch, CA) talk about seeing a musician on a street corner performing.  This guy was playing an accordion with a kick drum on his back and a harmonica strapped around his neck.  And he had a set of cymbals on his knees, and an old car horn under his arm. It was an amazing thing to see so much performance come from a single individual.

Shaun says at first the scene is entertaining, but the longer he watched the more awkward the guy looked. The amount of energy it was taking was wearing this guy out quickly.  The longer he went on, the more mistakes he would make.

“There is simply more beauty in a team working together well than any solo act can ever hope for.”

What does teamwork look like?

I recently read a book that illustrated a completely different picture about Navy rowing teams. There is something incredible about a team of rowers in a boat race, using their oars to hit the water at precisely the same time in complete unison. The more synchronized the team of rowers is, the more swiftly and powerfully the boat moves through the waters.

There is simply more beauty in a team working together well than any solo act can ever hope for. This totally applies to leadership and ministry. When we go it alone, we may at first seem impressive, but that quickly fades into something really pitiful compared to the amazing things that can be done with a team. A team works together with a unified vision and a culture of mutual strength and respect. If we all pull together, we can do so much more and with so much more beauty and effectiveness than we ever will alone.

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  • Stephanie Musso

    Awesome word! Tell your beautiful wife “Hello” from the Musso’s!

  • Dick Hicks

    You are the epitome of leadership.

  • Ruby Murphy

    Awesome Word, the Holy Spirit has been stirring in me about team work lately!

  • Margie Shearer

    Thank You Bro.Rizzo, I have follow you several years after my daughter, Michelle Shearer Trevino brought me a DVD about you an a lesson in life that we need to heed to. It was so so good.
    I Want to Thank You also for Being There for Bro.Billy Graham, to read The Bible To Him. You are in my Eyes a Son of God, You will always be in my prayers In Your commitments to God
    An Your Family. God Bless You an Your Family an Your Church.

  • Robin Oliver

    Dino , I know from Highlands ! Love your work,

  • Charline Yawn

    Wonderful Post. Great topic for you to share, Team Player!

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