by Todd Thomas 

Throughout the years there have been some pretty famous and successful partnerships that have literally changed the world.  A few that come to mind in recent memory are Bill Gates & Paul Allen at Microsoft, Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak at Apple, Larry Page & Sergey Brin at Google, Bill Hewlett & Dave Packard at HP; even Batman & Robin as crime fighters – and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention peanut butter & jelly! 

While I jest on those last two, my point is that partnerships are important and essential when it comes to being effective, especially in the local church.  For the past eight years, I have had the opportunity to be partnered with my fellow Elders working together so that our church can be effective in reaching people and creating a healthy community that people want to be a part of.  I am blessed to be on a team of Godly men who are united with the desire to see Jesus preached and lifted up in our community.  But this kind of atmosphere didn’t just happen.  It took intentional, deliberate partnership. 
The Apostle Paul thanked the Philippians for partnering with him in spreading the Gospel through their practical and financial ministry to him.
Philippians 1:3-6 (CSB) 
I give thanks to my God … because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.  I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
In a similar way, Sebastian Christian Church’s eldership decided to partner with e2 because of our belief in their ministry to equip elders – and whole elderships – to “lead well” in their respective churches and help create healthy environments so that the Church can be as effective as possible.
SCC has benefited from e2’s ministry and partnership.  Through the teaching and training that we have received, we are seeing our church family grow, and lives transform for Jesus as we make an impact in our community.  Thus far, we have been able to host two leadership summits for area churches led by Dr. Johnson.  It has been incredibly valuable for those who participated.  We want to continue to be a church of influence.
Like Paul was grateful for the Philippians, we are grateful for the ministry of e2 and look forward to our continued partnership with them.  I encourage you and your church to support the ministry of e2 both in prayer and financially so that together we may be an encouragement to their ministry and help make their mission as successful as possible for the glory of God.

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