Can I share with you one of my favorite words? Its synergy. In its simplest terms, synergy is the concept that we can do more together than we could ever do separately. In other words, when you put us together, the result is greater than the sum of the parts. In math, 1+1+1=3. But in ministry, with the synergy that comes from our combined gifts and abilities, 1+1+1 can equal 5, or 10 or 20 lives changed.
This is why I love being a multi-site church. Because of the sharing of gifts, resources, talents and abilities across our ministry, we are able to accomplish so much more for the kingdom of God then we could ever as three individual churches. For example, this week was our monthly women's event "Grow." I heard from a number of people how awesome and impactful that program was on Monday. We were able to offer a program of that caliber because of the synergy of women from all of our campuses sharing their gifts for a single purpose. It allowed us to offer an opportunity for spiritual growth that none of our campus as individual churches could ever have done. That is just one example, of course. We see that synergy expressed over and over again at Rock Church. And every time that happens, we are able to have a greater impact for the kingdom of God than we ever could have otherwise.
One of my priorities for us in this coming year is to continue to build on our synergy. My goal is to find greater and greater ways that we can multiply the gifts that God has given us here at Rock Church for the greatest kingdom impact possible. For us to see that great impact, there are a number of things we can do in order to build synergy.
We can constantly remind ourselves that here a Rock Church we are ONE Church in many locations.
When we share our gifts, we can think about the impact we can have ministry wide, not just in our campus.
We can network across locations, using our gifts in combination with others.
We can share resources, supplies, equipment and space across campuses in a way that strengthens our overall work.
We can collaborate across ministry areas in a way that advances our overall mission.
Well, you get the idea. With a little thought and creativity you can probably come up with a dozen more ways we can build synergy. In the end, what matters is the mission. God has called us to the great work of bringing the hope of Christ to many who do not yet know him. It's a big job. But when we pull our gifts and resources together in a way that creates synergy, we can accomplish more for Christ than we ever imagined.