The Vision of the Great Collaboration

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As I listened to Todd Wilson and Dave Ferguson describe this coming fall with Exponential, I could see the vision of the Great Collaboration coming into focus. The Great Collaboration is based off of what Jesus prayed in John 17:

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:20-23

In order to see movements of multiplication we need Kingdom collaboration. This takes shape as we are willing to work together. Kingdom collaboration requires us to listen to one another. Empathy is key as we enter into someone else’s story and journey. Not being dismissive, but a student of them and their experiences.

That’s why I was so excited to hear Exponential going from six regional events to 100+ Roundtables. This platform will allow for meaningful content to be unpacked with other leaders. One of the main objectives for this time is to move toward racial reconciliation. Taking this journey means we become a student as we learn from each other and are open to each other’s perspectives.

In these Roundtables we will hear from a diverse group of leaders and will be able to continue the conversation after the talk is done. We cannot have true collaboration until we confront what we don’t know about racism, the pain of others, and how we can help process the pain that will ultimately lead to a plan of action. Part of the current issue in our political and cultural climate is that meaningful conversations seldom happen. Exponential is providing a genuine opportunity for these conversations to occur in a safe and helpful way.

What tends to happen is we share our own take on social media in order to convince others we are right and someone else is wrong. We become people who politicize and demonize others instead of being a Kingdom people who seek to understand the King and His ways. It is through intentional relationships that racism will be demolished in us. It is wisdom that helps us define words that can have many different definitions for people. Both relationship and wisdom will provide a path to reconciliation. I am excited about Exponential giving us an opportunity to grow in both of these areas.   

As we move in this together we will achieve greatness:

  • The Great Commandment
  • The Great Commission
  • The Great Collaboration

But here’s the thing: we cannot do this alone. We are intended to do it together. That is how our Father designed it. Remember what Jesus prayed in John 17:23: “…that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

May we be the generation that is the answer to the prayer Jesus prayed! That people would see the linking of our arms as we enter the awkward and hard spaces and places; that people will see our unity as our greatest apologetic for the authenticity of Jesus and would then choose to unite with Him as well.

To host or join in a Roundtable, visit: multiplication.org/roundtables

To watch the replay of Todd Ferguson and Todd Wilson discussion Exponential’s fall 2020 plans, click here.

We are better together!

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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