Collaboration: When working on a difficult project, isn’t it often better to collaborate with others? Often times, in smaller businesses, the Manager and Owner is the same person. In this case, very likely, he makes all the decisions himself, and probably has no one to call on for help, unless it might be an outside contractor… or someone, like me, who would help him (you know…the Golden Rule). He, typically, has no one to collaborate with…he conceives an idea, thanks about it, plans it out, and executes it.
Every bit of ½ of my career has been just such a scenario. I’ve been involved in a number of very large companies where STAFF was “a-plenty” to work on the projects at hand. And, in later years, there was “mostly me” to do everything of consequence. In larger companies, with more staffing available, there would, likely, be teams of people who are assigned to work on particular projects. This would be true in almost all fields of endeavor… manufacturing, manufacturing, construction, engineering, transportation, mining, or distribution….even the medical and scientific research areas. Then….how about the Internet….and all the related technology? Bill Gates and Microsoft was not a “one-man-show.”
When COLLABORATING with others that are capable, reliable, trained, and interested in the same endeavor… we stand a better chance of coming up with a better end-product. What is the saying: two heads are better than one.
One, then, might ask: would collaboration be appropriate in the “spiritual arena?” It would seem so to me. Certainly in the training aspects, such as seminaries, and religious education. Even, I might add, on the “one-on-one” approach…. We’re better off collaborating. Bible Study would be a good example… where more is better. I attend Bible Study with about 20-25 mem, and I can attest that it is a “wonderful” experience, each and every week.
Some of us, one, two, or three, and sometimes four, might go to breakfast together, and explore specific areas of the Bible that we need “extra-help” on….collaborating with each other, so as to get a “precise understanding” of the matter. Being the “lone-decision-maker,” even in the SPIRITUAL context, is not a good thing. Making a spiritual commitment, is NEVER an individual decision… we are just not capable of doing it my ourselves. God is ALWAYS part of the COLLABORATION. We cannot do it alone.
Romans 12:4-6 – For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith. 1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. …