Ministry in a Virtual World #6 (Collaboration)

There are numerous slogans and quotes about the importance of working together in the real world. “Together we can make a difference.” “Working together for the common good.” With the Internet, it is no less important. Benefits abound for those wanting to collaborate online.

For disciples, there are opportunities to share ideas; to encourage one another; to share ministry work loads; to be mentored or to mentor; to be coached or to coach; amongst many other possibilities. Being able to connect with other believers allows each of us to grow in our faith and develop skills needed to minister to others.

Collaboration online is a way of bringing people together from across the nation to engage in ministry. It is a way of resolving issues in real-time in a virtual space without ever leaving your residence. The Internet has made it easier for us to collaborate if we are willing to utilize the technology.

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. (Mother Teresa)
Key Idea: “Better Together”

Online collaboration is defined by groups of people being able to work together in real-time over the Internet.

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Proverbs 27:17 NLT

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. 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 NLT 


What are some ways the church can work together using technology?
How can we keep it simple enough to use?