For our future success, we must realize that we can’t do anything about our past, but we can do something about our future. Paul said:
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. …For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry…. —I Corinthians 3:4-9
Husbandry means management team! If we don’t give people the opportunity to partner with us, ministry becomes a source of frustration.
We’ve all heard the saying: “Today is the first day of the rest of our lives.” One thing we can do for a more successful, productive future is to learn about and partake in the practical wisdom of partnership.
Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. —Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
When someone starts a ministry or church, the leader does almost everything because of a servant’s heart. But as it grows, if he continues to do everything, he will burn out and hinder its effectiveness. Practical partnership of any kind takes teamwork. In the past, I thought no one would be interested in being part of our vision and ministry and backed away from making partnership available.
I’ve realized that if we don’t give people the opportunity to connect with us, it damages them and Kingdom. Sometimes, we are our own worst enemy. Over the last six months, the Lord has instructed that if we’re going to grow our vision and ministry impact, we have to give people the opportunity to partner with us!
I haven’t always understood this biblical truth, and I’ve not focused on building a culture of partnership in our ministry. We have done what we have done without relying on partners, though we’ve had some faithful supporters. Now I know how important it is to have teamwork and co-operation to accomplish a common purpose.
But it’s not that other people aren’t interested; sometimes it’s that we don’t make the opportunity available to people.
What Is Partnership?
The Lord has given me some clear understanding of what partnership should look like for our ministry.
Partnership = a group of people working together for a common purpose. This is important because the Kingdom and the world were created as a team system.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Godhead) is a team concept! Only as partners will we reap the full benefits!
The Tower of Babel
Nowhere is this more clearly illustrated than in the account of the tower of Babel!
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them. — Genesis 11:5-6 (AMP)
Multiplication—the Dynamic of Partnership!
The spiritual implications of partnership is a 10X multiplication! “One puts a thousand to flight, and two puts ten thousand to flight” (Deut. 32:30). We can see the benefits of partnership in serving others in the Kingdom of God.
What We Do!
Cathy and I travel throughout the world, preaching the Gospel of peace and teaching the grace, love, mercy and forgiveness of God in a practical way that highlights the value and dignity of every individual in God’s sight. This atmosphere helps restore relationship with God, our families, our neighbors and ultimately, our nation.
We want to thank all of our faithful supporters and partners. You’ve helped us reach people around the world with the message of the Gospel.
And if you are not yet partners with us, we want to invite you to consider becoming one. You can partner with us financially by donating here and making it a monthly donation.
Together, we can achieve what would be impossible by ourselves.
The Gospel is “the power of God unto salvation”—wholeness in every area of life—that’s
what KLM is all about. We teach the true Gospel with integrity and openness. We speak into desperate situations, and see people of all backgrounds respond to Truth. It’s practical grace for extraordinary living!