“Chemistry is a force multiplier.”
I read that statement somewhere, but I honestly cannot remember where. So I am failing to attribute it to the original author. Still, it is such an important statement I want to use it.
Force multiplication is a military concept which ”refers to an attribute or a combination of attributes which make a given force more effective than that same force would be without it. A force multiplier refers to a factor that dramatically increases (hence “multiplies”) the effectiveness of an item or group.”
When thinking about an organization, such as a church, chemistry usually refers to the energy that is created when a group of people work together at a high level of cooperation. It is sort of like a chemical reaction. Once it gets started, it just keeps growing on its own.
Have you watched the Texas Rangers baseball team lately? They have chemistry.
What creates that high level of cooperation? I can think of a few things. Perhaps, you can think of more.
- A commitment to a common purpose that is so great the group rejects lesser things that might deter it from that purpose.
- A respect for one another that allows for individual differences, overlooks and forgives mistakes, encourages one another, and stands up for one another.
- An environment that allows each group member to contribute according to his or her strengths, and allows the strengths of others to cover weaknesses.
I’m sure there are many more.
One might say that the Holy Spirit is the ultimate force multiplier for a church. But I’m saving that for the next post.
The question that I have to ask myself in my role with others in any kind of group is, “Do I add the the chemistry or take away from it?”