Lately I’ve been struck by how important it is to have a ministry partner, especially if you’re leading a ministry. It’s not healthy to be by yourself and constantly giving out without receiving. We each need someone to share the load with, someone who is equally as committed as we are. From my experience, it is best to have one or two others to team when leading a ministry – people who share the vision, provide insights, and strategically contribute as true partners. Teams will always outperform an individual in the long run, no matter how talented the individual may be. Sometimes that describes a spouse, but that’s a different type of relationship too. If you are married, who do you have in addition to your spouse? We all need at least one other person who is truly in it with us.

7 Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:

8 There was a man all alone;
he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
“and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
a miserable business!

9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

—Ecclesiastes 4:7-12