Collaboration to Make a Bigger Impact

“Reaching a city requires a willingness to work with other churches, even churches that hold to different beliefs and practices.”[1] Collaboration can often be looked down upon when building a church. Collaboration calls for an end to ego and pushes for truly Kingdom thinking. When churches partner together they get an opportunity to lay down their pride and ego and show the broader community that diversity is a true blessing and gift of God. Collaboration also helps churches with different socio-economic and ethnic demographics rub shoulders together in ways that may not naturally happen. This helps the believers in each body recognize how much bigger God is than merely their own congregation. Through partnership churches and organizations can share resources whether that is relational, financial, or human they can pool their resources and make a bigger mark on the city. Through working together, the Kingdom is built and justice is brought.

Recently I lead a project we call Servolution. Servolution is an event to serve the children and cities of Coralville and North Liberty. Through this event we served nearly 800 children as they go back to school. We serve these children by providing them with school supplies[2], haircuts, shoes, groceries and had a lot of fun doing it. It took over 175 volunteers and couldn't have happened without the 20+ organizations and nearly a dozen churches partnering together to make it happen. I'm so thankful for these organizations that truly want to make an impact on their city.

How are you collaborating in your community? How can you start? How can I help?

[1] Keller, Timothy. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012.

[2] My organization does not provide the school supplies, but does provide a bunch of other things. Another beautiful thing of collaboration is being able to offer more services to families.

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