Long before I knew God was calling me to speak or write, I collected quotations. I thoroughly enjoy concise, wise, pithy, or poignant sentences that summarize a topic, issue, or principle. As we think about collaboration, consider these important words:
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
“None of us is as smart as all of us.” Ken Blanchard
“Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” Mattie Stepanek
The call came from a major Christian publisher. Would I be willing to be a writer and the compiling editor for a series of five devotional books called Kisses of Sunshine? I was paired with several well-known authors to write these books for women, including moms, sisters, grandmas, and teachers.
During the next few months, I learned a lot about collaboration:
- It’s much more fun to work on projects with someone else than it is to work alone.
- It takes less time to complete a manuscript when you have a co-author or co-authors.
- Projects are richer and have added value when you collaborate with the right person.
- Working with some people is difficult when they have a different work ethic than you do or when they aren’t willing to compromise.
Then a light dawned!
Collaboration is about so much more than writing projects.
- It’s about helping my peers to promote their speaking topics and their book titles.
- It’s about contributing to websites, blogs, and podcasts with other leaders who also want to point people to Jesus.
- It’s about planning conferences, retreats, or events with multiple speakers and sharing in the experience of ministering with like-minded friends.
I realized that I might be the only person in my city who works in the type of ministry that I do—but I can connect with others via ZOOM or through coaching, classes, and conferences (like Speak Up)—and I’m not alone!
When we generously contribute to the projects, conversations, events, books, websites, newsletters, podcasts, and blogs of others, our own ministries are blessed. Through collaboration we encourage each other as we lift up the name of Jesus.
“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT).
Question: What projects have you worked on with a friend? What made the process more fulfilling and more fun because you did it together?
About Carol Kent
Carol Kent is a bestselling author and an international speaker for conferences, outreach events, and retreats. She’s the executive director of the Speak Up Conference, an event committed to helping people develop their speaking and writing skills. She and her husband, Gene, have founded the nonprofit organization, Speak Up for Hope, which benefits inmates and their families. Carol holds a master’s degree in communication arts and a bachelor’s degree in speech education. Carol has trained Christian speakers for over twenty-five years, and she has been a featured speaker at Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women, and Women of Joy arena events. She is the author of over twenty-five books, including the bestselling When I Lay My Isaac Down, Tame Your Fears, and Becoming a Woman of Influence. Her two newest titles are a 365 page-per-day devotional titled, He Holds My Hand, and Staying Power. Connect with Carol at www.carolkent.org.