I hope you’ve enjoyed the chapters of THE LOVE BOAT BACHELOR, and I hope you’ve gotten a kick out of Brent’s letters to his sister. Working together as a group of authors instead of just working by myself is pretty challenging, in just the communication zone. But we had some great things going for us!
First was the single purpose. We want readers to enjoy The Love Boat Bachelor and to vote for their favorite bachelorette (Now, Right here!). So to that end, we’ve been sharing our message of the free novella everywhere we could. And we’ve all done guest posts, networked, and shared interviews and devotions. We haven’t all done the exact same thing, but we’ve all had the same reason for our actions, so it worked.
Second was commitment. The success of The Love Boat Bachelor depended on us. We wrote it, but unless we shared about the story, no one would have the chance to read it.
Last was support for each other. My articles were pinged and linked on at least 3 other blogs, probably more. And we visited each others articles, leaving encouragement and comments. When we built each other up, the whole group benefited. Our actions were multiplied. Great return on the effort.
Do you see a correlation to the New Testament church? Their single purpose was to learn as much about God and His Son as they possibly could. They met together at every opportunity and sat or stood for hours listening to eyewitnesses talk about Jesus and his ministry. And telling others about Christ was utmost on the minds of all of His early followers. Further, they dealt with each other as family, making sure no one had a need. To that end, they brought what they had and shared it among themselves.
Yep, Potlucks – the original version.
To say collaborating with a group of authors on a story, especially a Christian story, is like the early church really isn’t a stretch. But then anytime a group of believers commit themselves to something for the cause of building up the faith, they are a walking example of the Body of Christ.
Your Turn: When was the last time you worked with a group of people to build the Body?
2015/February at 10:44 pm
Marji: Thank you for this. I loved your insight, and having worked with you on four of the five projects, of which you have been apart, I have been tremendously blessed by the collaborations.
2015/February at 11:17 pm
Oh, me too, Fay! It’s truly the best of both worlds. The ability to write and create, but the luxury of working together with others of the same mind. And I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you through all of these as well!
2015/February at 10:20 am
Beautiful analogy, Marji! It’s so great working with you on this project. You’ve done a fantastic job! The emails were entertaining and encouraging!
2015/February at 10:35 am
You are too kind, Betty. But I have so loved sharing this project with you!