On Building a Supportive Network

In pursuing our mission-driven work, we must recognize the importance of building a supportive network. You cannot do this alone. You need to curate a network consisting of like-minded individuals or organizations who share your goals and values. You should move away from any “holier than thou” attitude that casts you as the one-man army doing the Lord’s work. Collaboration and collective impact are key. Together, we can achieve far more than we could alone. Through mutual support, encouragement, and resource-sharing, we can amplify our efforts and make a greater impact in our communities and beyond.

Consider the story of a group of volunteers who came together to address homelessness in their city. Individually, they struggled to make a significant impact. However, by forming a network and pooling their resources, they were able to provide shelter, meals, and support services to those in need. Two are better than one; they will always have a good reward for their labor (Ecclesiastes 4:9). Their collective efforts not only helped alleviate homelessness but also inspired others to join their cause, resulting in even greater impact over time. Building and joining a network of like-minded people is the key to compounding your impact over time.

Relationships are an essential part of being human. As you embark on your mission-driven work, prioritise the development of a supportive network. By fostering partnerships, sharing resources, and collaborating with others who share our vision, we can multiply our impact and effect positive change in the world. Look for shared core values that are meaningful. Speaking in tongues isn’t a core value, for instance. Integrity is a core value. Psalms 133 describes the effect of joining with others who share our core values as being equivalent to the anointing. Together, we can accomplish more than we ever imagined, making a long-term difference in the lives of the people we serve.

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