I have read it somewhere, not sure where (I might even have heard it) that a key to the success of the famous Arsenal back four of the 1990’s was that they were always communicating. Messrs Dixon, Adams, Bould/Keown and Winterburn were always talking to one another. By talking to one another throughout a game they knew where each other was, they could point out where cover was needed and they made sure they ere working in harmony together so that every attack was thwarted. Their success owed a lot to their communication.
This has a great deal to say to us in our churches. The prosperity of our churches depends a lot upon the communication within our church. The following verse found in Malachi gives us an important pointer here. Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honoured his name (Mal. 3:16). The Lord takes a special pleasure in His God-fearing people talking together upon the themes that belong to him.
Through talking we start to understand each other. We understand where we are in our understanding of the faith. We reveal our needs. We can edify each other and comfort each other Communication is vital in a healthy church.
Communication is particularly vital in a church leadership as well. To move as a leadership like the Arsenal back-four from the nineties, is to be recommended. In making this assertion, I am very much aware of how there is an opponent who is relentlessly on the attack against church leaderships. He is Satan and we need to be strong in our defence to repair and thwart his attacks. Relentless communication is vital between elders in a church and also might I say between elders and the church. Through this communication everyone can get to understand each other and the position they are in. Satan thrives on misunderstandings among God’s people.
In our churches then let us be diligent in our communication. And this can be a means of us resisting the devil so that he will flee from us (see James 4:7b).