• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

It’s a big word, collaborate

We often use words like ‘cooperate’ or ‘work together’ to describe our desire to carry out projects with others.  Collaboration though is much larger than these ideas.  It is more extensive and involves greater partnership on the part of each person collaborating.

You might define collaboration as “people from wide spheres and backgrounds laboring together towards a jointly held project or outcome.”

Collaboration would then:

  • Affirm our core value of interdependence by taking the time to work in a group or community
  • Seek involvement from co-workers in my area as well as from outside, including outside my own ‘culture’ or context
  • Break down the silo mentality that keeps us from making the effort to draw others into project because it ‘takes too much time to involve them’
  • Genuinely seek and listen to the contribution of each collaborator, knowing that the result will be a better project and greater ownership

I put it this way in drafting a third global priority for WT: “Seeking broader collaboration, our workers/leaders will move away from a strict organizational chart approach and move towards more overlapping spheres of influence.

 

Next post: Spheres of influence?

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