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The Practical Case


The world is awash with the concept of partnership.
Wherever you turn you hear the word “partner” or alliance,
or coalition. Collaboration has become a central theme in
all sectors including the church.

Forming collaborative partnerships can accrue a wide range of substantial
benefits. Regardless of geographic locations or types of ministries
involved, here is a selection of the kinds of benefits that can be realized:

1. Potential and options for action expand. Working alone, no
matter how sophisticated or substantial your resources, limits what
one person or ministry can accomplish. Working with others who
complement your strengths expands your potential and your
horizons of ministry and impact.

2. Achievement of goals accelerates, costs decrease, and waste
is eliminated. An effective partnership produces efficiency and
reduces the gaps and overlap that result when we all do our own
thing. Return on Kingdom investment increases.

3. Individuals and ministries are able to capitalize on their
strengths. Effective partnerships allow people or organizations to
do what they do best, to maximize their contribution rather than
spreading themselves too thin by doing many different things –
often poorly. When we join hands with others, we discover
different, often complementary, strengths.

4. The bigger picture comes into focus. Effective partnerships let
you see what’s needed to accomplish the bigger vision, identify the
missing pieces, and connect with resources to accomplish the
vision. Getting all the pieces together, focused on a common
objective, is a sure recipe for better outcomes.

5. Flexibility increases. Partnerships encourage individuals or
ministries to play their unique roles. When they don’t have to do
everything, they have more options in timing, more available
resources, and the ability to concentrate on what they do best.

6. Risk diminishes. The larger or more complex the vision or project,
naturally, the greater the resources needed. Working in effective
partnerships, we can share the load and reduce risk while
increasing the speed of progress or the quality of the outcomes.

7. God’s power is released in a special way. Working alone on
challenging projects, particularly in our own strength without God’s
presence and power, can be scary! God promised that his power
will be present and released in a special way when we join with his
people in partnership. (Psalm 133)

8. We receive refreshment and new hope. In challenging
circumstances, hope keeps us alive. Whatever our vision, in our
community or elsewhere in the world, the knowledge that others
share our vision refreshes our spirits and sustains our hope.
(Matthew 5:9, Psalm 133)

And perhaps most importantly:

9. Our work gains significant credibility. God’s people working
together demonstrate the core scriptural truth: the work of Jesus
restores relationships, both with God and with each other. Working
in collaborative partnership infuses ministry with authenticity - both
in word and in deed - and moves us closer to the fulfillment of the
Great Command (Matthew 22:36), the Great Commission (Matthew
28:18-20), and the great, unfulfilled prayer of Jesus in John 17
(John 17:20-23).

Here is a sampling of what others are saying about the
need for and effectiveness of collaboration.

THE NETWORKED NON-PROFIT


Stanford University Social Innovation Review - Spring 2008
"Networked nonprofits are some of the most effective nonprofits in the
world. They are different from traditional nonprofits in that they cast
their gazes externally rather than internally. They put their mission first
and their organization second. They govern through trust rather than
control. And they cooperate as equal nodes in a constellation of actors
rather than relying on a central hub to command with top-down tactics.
"By mobilizing vast external resources, networked nonprofits can focus
on their own expertise. At the same time, these external resources
enhance the value and influence of each organization's expertise.
They help each network partner respond to local needs and become
self-sustaining. And they allow networked nonprofits to develop holistic
solutions at the scale of the problems they seek to address.
"Although the social problems that nonprofits are tackling are growing
in both magnitude and complexity, funding is failing to keep pace.
Networks do not require more resources, but rather a better use of
existing resources. And so networked nonprofits are uniquely poised
to face the perennial challenge of the nonprofit sector: achieving lofty
missions with decidedly humble means.”


THE CHANGING NATURE OF LEADERSHIP


International Center For Creative Leadership (excerpt 2008 global study)

NEW SKILL SETS
The new leader needs to achieve bottom-line results, but must do this
through collaboration, teamwork, and innovation. The key to success is
being able to do all three well. While profits and funding are still important
to companies and nonprofit organizations, they are no longer the great
differentiators of performance. Instead, there is a clear shift toward skills
that are tied to relationships and managing change. Today's leaders need
right-brain skills - empathy, inventiveness, and quest for meaning - to
achieve professional success and personal satisfaction. In fact, the best
MBA programs are moving in this direction and offering soft-skill training,
such as how to build stronger teams and how to communicate more
effectively.

GREATER COLLABORATION
In addition to being a participative manager, leaders need to build
important relationships and work across boundaries to collaborate
effectively. This is critical to providing greater agility and flexibility for
organizations and their leaders in order to respond faster to changes in
society.

FOUNDATIONS VIEW OF PARTNERSHIP
Increasingly, those who financially support Christian mission and
evangelism are eager to see ministries cooperate. They see benefits from
the coordination:
• Reduced duplication and waste
• Increased effectiveness
• Ability to undertake otherwise impossible challenges
• Good stewardship
• Enhanced strength of witness because of unity
• Encourages ministries to concentrate on their strengths

"The economic crisis has decreased charitable giving and that has
dramatically increased interest in collaborations and mergers among
nonprofits, particularly with respect to eliminating duplication and sharing
resources, "Though such strategies can be an imperative during this
economic crisis, collaboration and mergers are best practices that should
be considered even in the best of economic times.”
Jerry Hirsch, Chairman, Lodestar Foundation
(international sponsors of annual $250,000 "Collaboration Prize)
"[M]any nonprofits are desperately seeking ways to remain viable in an
increasingly harsh fundraising environment. Nonprofits have always
sought ways to stand out and be more competitive, but the current
fundraising environment is creating a new level of anxiety. We are
receiving an unprecedented number of requests for advice regarding
whether collaboration or merger might be a good option. There's also an
intensified interest among both funders and nonprofits eager to learn more
about successful collaborations."
Jo DeBolt, Senior Manager at La Piana Associates
(national management consulting firm to non-profits and their funders)
"For years I have believed in and supported Kingdom partnerships.
Partnerships that clearly define roles and outcomes increase effectiveness
and reduce duplication. To conserve resources and get the most effective
results, it is increasingly important that ministries work together. Because
of this, we strongly support (the) work of building effective partnerships for
evangelism and church planting. We particularly appreciate that our
investments are leveraged for maximum return through a partnership
approach."
Hugh Maclellan Jr., President, Maclellan Foundation
"Collaboration is the form of the future as networks replace command and
control hierarchies everywhere. Increasing its one world - one body of
Christ."
Bob Buford, Buford Foundation
Founder /Chairman, Leadership Network
"Strategic partnerships...really bring international ministries together while
dramatically reducing costs and increasing ministry effectiveness."
C. Davis Weyerhaeuser, Founder, Stewardship Foundation

To Learn More …
The practical case for collaboration is detailed from each of these sectors
on the Power of Connecting website (www.powerofconnecting.net).
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