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Why Work Together?

By Phill Butler

(Excerpted by permission from the book: "Well Connected: Releasing Power & Restoring Hope Through Kingdom Partnerships," © Phill Butler)

The question is in the back of all of our minds: Isn't it really easier and quicker just to do it yourself? Why spend the time and energy trying to work with others -- particularly people or ministries with such different ideas?

The fact is, in powerful new ways Partnerships are demonstrating that you or you ministry’s vision is more likely to be realized if you work with others rather than doing your own thing. Motivation is everything. Here we explore why linking hands with others can really make a difference.

Anyone can do it. Get up in front of any Sunday School class or other meeting of Christians in any local church in your city. Start as young as high school students. Ask just one question:

"If we really want to let the power of Jesus loose in our community, do you think it's more likely to happen if each church keeps doing its own thing? Or, do you think it would be more likely if, somehow, the churches could find a way to work together?"

I guarantee you it will take less than 30 seconds for the majority of the people to say something like, "Of course it'd be better if we worked together." Then would come the big..."But..."

Now, why do we say that Partnership is the ideal but don't believe it can happen? Well, part of the reason we believe it's the ideal is because, no matter what our age, we've consistently heard about the value of teamwork and Partnership. Sports teams, symphony orchestras, victorious armies, or contractors erecting large buildings.

Everyone intuitively knows you need carefully coordinated, diverse skills to realize a challenging vision.

And, if they've been in or around the Church for long, they have probably heard bits and pieces about the Biblical ideal of restored relationships and God's people working together -- Jesus' John 17:21 vision -- again!

Let's be honest. The secular business, scientific, educational, and even arts communities learned long ago that you rarely reach your objectives going it alone. An internet search I just did based on the key words Partnership and Strategic Alliance, using a single search engine, produced 1,720,000 hits!

Partnerships Help Us Take The Strategic View – Look At The Big Picture

Partnership In Practice: Jack thought he had a pretty good piece of property for the dream house he and his wife wanted to build. One day he got electricians, his banker, some carpenters, plumbers, and a bulldozing company all on the property at the same time. For about fifteen minutes Jack tried to describe the house he and his wife wanted. As Jack went on, the professionals he had assembled looked at each other and Jack with increasing disbelief. And, when Jack finally came out with it, they still were hardly prepared; "I know you've all got good professional reputations, so I'd like you guys to get together and get this job done for my wife and myself."

And you're saying to yourself, "How could this guy be so dumb!"

Imagine trying to build a house without --

These and dozens of other questions, large and small, are familiar to anyone who has embarked on building a home.

Building a satisfying house involves dreams, extremely diverse, highly developed skills, knowledge of materials, good planning, financial resources, and constant oversight.

It's a complex Partnership where human, technical, legal, and financial resources must intersect.

We may laugh at Jack and his approach to trying to get his house built. But today, in dozens of locations around the world, well-intentioned people like Jack will call meetings of diverse people, hoping to get them to work together to achieve some objective.

In most of those cases, the objectives will never be met, frustration will likely be high, and the dreams will not be realized.

My book, Well Connected, is all about helping you move your dream to reality by effectively engaging others in the vision. The book will give you principles, examples, and practical tools so you can effectively connect the needed resources and realize the vision.

And, when the project is complete, everyone involved will say it was a good experience!

It's Not A New Idea

The motivation for people working together to achieve something they can't do alone goes back as far as there are historical records.

Whether it's traditional proverbs or the Scripture, the message keeps coming through:

Want to travel fast, travel alone.
Want to travel far, travel together.
African Proverb

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