Collaborative resourcing for ministry happens when the church is aware of its resources -- land, money, skilled people, location, building, a narrative, a network, etc. -- and openly shares those resources with other institutions with complimentary and supplementary resources in the community. Combining resources, we can all do more, and we can do it more effectively and more economically. Non-profit, for-profit, church, public and private funders, and beneficiaries: all equally invested in the success of the project for the repair of the world, the Way of our loving liberating and life-giving God.
A Place at the Table? Published in Alban at Duke, March 15, 2016
I sat at the table with the four of them. They were optimistic, smart, creative and educated. And they wanted to help provide housing for the homeless. They had contacted me to see if The Episcopal Church of the Advocate (Chapel Hill, NC) might be open to the possibility of allowing a cluster of “tiny houses” to be built our land. They had creative ideas for funding, design, and development. They had thought through many dimensions of the project, but were open to questions and ideas, open to making adjustments. In other words, they were open to collaboration.