partnership helps the task at hand

Yesterday, I wrote a little encouragement toward looking for partnership opportunities among your student leaders. “Just about anything one student leader can do,” I wrote, “two student leaders can do!”

It’s true.

And two (or three or four or five) can likely do it better, whether we’re talking about organizing clean-up after a party or leading a Bible study for a year. Here are just a few reasons why:

  1. The approach will be more complete.
  2. The approach will be more balanced / well-rounded.
  3. Each leader’s individual weaknesses will be balanced out.
  4. Areas of the task can be delegated based on various leaders’ strengths.
  5. Greater accountability for the task(s) involved – like being diligent in preparation, praying for the task/people, working ’til the job’s done, etc.
  6. Different perspectives always help.
  7. If dealing with people (like in a Bible study or on a ministry team), there’s a better chance for people to “click” with one of their leaders. (This often leads to greater impact!)
  8. Leaders have a better chance of staying encouraged – and avoiding burnout – and therefore will be better leaders.

We all recognize that “two heads are better than one,” even while we also recognize the danger of “too many cooks in the kitchen”! Of course, there’s a balance to be struck here.

But even for the sake of getting the task done well, we should consider partnership!


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