Two Are Better Than One – The Power of Partnerships

eccl-4-9-10Whether shooting baskets, playing catch or doing any sorts of boyhood activities, it’s more fun with two boys than just one. Those were my childhood memories. You could endlessly throw a baseball, ride bikes or climb trees as long as you had a buddy at your side. Life was good and simple back then!

Little did I know, and long before I took to the “Good Book”, wise King Solomon had observed the same. Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor…” Ecclesiastes 4:9. Who would have thought!

Boys grow up to be men, and though my daily activities differ, I still find the power of two at work.

In Luke 10 Jesus leverages the power of two in his ministry.

“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Partnerships, or what I call the “power of two” is a spiritual principle God is using as Loving Community takes root and grows in our community. Two truly are better than one when it comes to the ventures of mentoring children, loving senior adults, training missionaries, and a host of other activities.

We are grateful for the partnerships and people that God is bringing into our lives. As God is transforming our community these are just a few of the people and places we see the “power of two” at work. Your prayers are appreciated as God grows and strengthens our partnerships as we love the 75067!

73357Arbor House Memory Care Center – Lauren Saxon and Bryan Newkirk —

Arbor House pledges to serve residents with kindness, love and professionalism while assisting them with their everyday needs. Our residents receive 24-hour monitoring and caring in pleasant surroundings that look and feel like home. Arbor House provides comfort and stability while preserving our residents’ dignity, independence and privacy. Our engagement program, Life in Motion, offers purpose-filled activities and events, giving our residents moments of joy every day.


Community of Schools of North Texas – Bethann Beckman, Amber Shattuck and Dana Smith —

The mission of Communities In Schools of North Texas is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. In order to achieve our mission CISNT will serve almost 5,000 at-risk youth throughout the 2014-15 Academic Year.  CISNT operates three distinct dropout prevention programs: case management dropout prevention programs (K-12th grades), dropout intervention programs (6th-12th grades), 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool programs (2nd-12th grades).

1425423508584Forge Dallas – Ryan & Laura Harriston and Aaron Lipman —

Forge Dallas trains men and women to live as missionaries where there’re already doing life. We are bent on empowering ordinary people to join in the extraordinary mission of God right where they live.  By partnering with local churches, universities, and seminaries, Forge Dallas aims to take those oh so cryptic words of Jesus seriously and literally, when He says “Love your…neighbor.” Forge Dallas seeks to empower & equip every day individuals to live as missionaries in the places where they’re already doing life.


Lewisville Chamber of Commerce – Ray Hernandez —

The Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce represents a unique partnership with business, civic and educational leaders in the Denton County area as well as throughout the metroplex. The goal of the partnership is to transform the region into a premier community where businesses flourish, education reaches a new level of excellence, and the neighborhoods provide a safe and friendly environment.


Unite of Greater Dallas – Rebecca Walls —

Unite’s Mission is to maximize the collective impact of the Church by: Convening diverse Christians; Focusing the Church’s attention and resources; Equipping the Church to make the biggest impact possible; Measuring Church impact; Representing Christian values and resources and building trust with other sectors of the city; Telling the Story inside and outside of the Church. Unite is supporting Christian collaboration in smaller geographies across Greater Dallas and around some specific critical issues.

148322_180Vista Ridge United Methodist Church – Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch and Bill Burden —

Vista Ridge UMC is a vibrant, diverse, spiritually-transforming congregation sharing the love of God with local and global communities through mission and service and living out its Christian mandate to make other disciples. Our vision is to build life giving relationships with God, with each other, and with our community.

Be Blessed,



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