Do you recognize these names: Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Jack Dorsey? Or these, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield? How about Sergey Brin and Larry Page, or Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak? Some of those might be more obscure to an older generation, but most of the younger adults will recognize them.
How about, Hewlett and Packard, or Sears and Roebuck, or Proctor and Gamble? Maybe it would be better to talk about Bert and Ernie, Tom and Jerry, or Scooby and Shaggy. The list could be endless. In fact, it’s hard to omit Lucy and Desi or Gracie and George. But the point is simple—many major enterprises were started by partnerships, much great entertainment was partnership, even cartoons were built on partnership.
It’s even true Biblically. There were many partnerships such as: Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Aaron, Peter, James and John, Paul and Barnabas, and on the list might go. It’s little wonder that most of the letters in the New Testament begin with authors instead of an author. And every reference to elders in a church is just that, a reference to elders (plural).
Partnership is strategic, including in the kingdom of God. We do better when we are not running solo. We need the encouragement, and we need the accountability. We need common ideas and those who will challenge those ideas. We need collective dreaming and those who will enhance and refine those dreams.
No one is invited to walk alone in this journey of faith. And no leadership is instructed to do it on its own either. We live in community and we lead in partnership. When we do, the kingdom advances.