A partnership is defined as “an association of two or more people.” Partnership can take many forms — it can be relational, spiritual, or financial, just to name a few. The goal of any partnership, whether it’s in business or in life, should be to promote mutual growth. I am convinced because I’ve experienced it myself, that there is no greater tool for growth than partnerships. Think of when you lived by yourself and then transitioned to living with another person. What a season of growth! It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it. In today’s blog post, I’m going to outline three types of partnerships and how each promotes growth in your business and personal lives.
Three Types of Partnership and Growth
David Briggs and I have been business partners for a very long time, and we balance each other out. Where he is weak, I am strong, and vice versa. Tricord Global has forced us both to grow in ways we couldn’t have imagined when we started it. Through Tricord, we’ve been able to mentor budding entrepreneurs with a heart for service and international humanitarianism. Together, we’ve been able to transform the world, one village at a time, and we couldn’t have done it without each other. I’m convinced the best business development is finding a partner with the same vision to walk alongside you.
David and I work so well together because our business partnership isn’t purely transactional. There has to be a relational aspect to a business partnership, or you won’t find the rhythm you need. When problems arise, David and I solve them professionally with compassion for the other in mind. If you have a business partner, consider how that relationship has promoted growth in your life, and how you can continue to foster that.
Some of the greatest partnerships in my life have been spiritual partnerships. I remember when I was a young pastor, the mentors I had promoted the most growth. They challenged me to rethink certain limiting beliefs that had been ingrained in me. I became a better pastor because of them. Even now, Becky and I rely heavily on our spiritual partners. These are people we know will pray fervently for us in the good times and the bad. Prayer has such power and I’m convinced the most generous thing you can do for someone is to genuinely pray for them.
Whether you know the personal details of someone’s life, or you get it in your heart to pray for them though you barely know them, spiritual partnerships are powerful. Think — do you have people in your life you know are praying for you? If not, who could you ask, or where could you find that type of partnership? Who could you come alongside spiritually to pour into?
Financial partnerships are key in impacting the Kingdom of God. I believe we are all born with a purpose, but that means one person or business can’t do it all. We aren’t all called to the same thing! So, Becky and I partner financially with those who are doing good work for the Kingdom. We pour our resources into ministries and companies that are doing the work we never could. Money, at its core, is a tool to assess value and make transactions. When you partner financially with a business, you are letting them know you believe in the work that they are doing. You are enabling them to reach far and wide; you’re part of the good work they are doing. Many people are afraid to ask for money, but I truly think giving monetarily is the way to ensure impact. And I can assure you — Becky and I practice what we preach.
Which of these partnerships do you practice in your own life? Which would you like to foster in the new year? Let me know in the comments below! If you would like to partner with WealthBuilders, either spiritually or financially, click here. I’d also love to hear how partnerships have changed your life! I know they have mine.