The world-leading Cass Business School recently announced the appointment of Julia Hobsbawm as the first world's first Visiting Professor of Networking.
"We should be a nation of networkers," she believes. “…we are in a new era, in which we are all islands surrounded by oceans of information and oceans of possibilities and entire oceans of people we might need”.
For all of us, in everyday life as well as in work, networking is vital to chart the right course, to find the best possibilities, and to avoid being isolated and frustrated.
This is something which many businesses are discovering for the first time. Others are discovering the advantages of networking on a European or global scale, in place of the local, regional or national networks they have been used to.
The internet, and particularly social networking, is changing the lives of millions in the UK and around the world. People are connecting in new ways, and making hosts of new friends.
The Bible stresses that all of us are interdependent parts of the networks of God’s creation and God’s purposes. This is true especially of Christians who are “…members one of another.” (Romans 12 v5). The Apostle Paul thought this so important that he repeated the thought in writing to the Ephesians (4 v25).
WorldShare is built on networking. In 1943 a group of Chinese, Britons and Americans came together to ‘network’ for the benefit of the peoples of war-torn China. Today, our Affiliate offices in Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, the UK and the USA, network together and with an even larger network of Christian ministries in over 50 countries. Each member has its own vision, gifts and challenges, and brings its own contribution to the common task.
It is a particular joy to see now that the sharing is multi-directional. It is no longer network members in the wealthier countries sharing resources with the poorer; nor only those who have a longer history of Christian faith sharing with those who are newer. Around the network Latin Americans are sharing with Latins, Asians are sharing what they have learned with Europeans, Middle Easterners are sharing with Asians and so-on. There is multilateral prayer for one another. All are released for greater service in larger channels which God can use.
Why not join in by undertaking to pray regularly for our partners around the world, and by telling your network of friends about this ministry ?
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