“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;...”
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
We are not meant to live life alone. Worshiping God through the use of our gifts, talents, and passions is a wonderful privilege, but doing so together can only be a greater one. By working together and becoming one body we can only achieve greater success and move The Kingdom forward better.
Becoming one body does not mean that we are all working on one shared body of work, but rather that we are all contributing to each individual body of work as we form and utilize what I like to call “liquid teams”.
Liquid Teams is the spirit of collaboration in which one observes a need, he or she should pray about how they can fill it to help others accomplish their dreams of glorifying God with their art and then act upon it, following through whatever level of contribution they have agreed to. This is also beneficial to the contributor as he or she will ideally be furthered in their knowledge and skill and brought closer to the Lord and others than before.
“Everyone you meet knows something you don’t.”
I would also like to propose that anyone who wants to may have their own version of this movement with their own branding. Kingdom Arts, #WeAreFaithdrawn are the two that I’m currently aware of that have the same vision and are trying to employ the five pillars I’m proposing here but with their own branding.
The idea is that without a logo or brand mark we can facilitate a “Collective” or a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives" not unlike Anonymous but certainly without the hacktivist spin. The goal is to cast a much wider net with multiple branding strategies and marketing campaigns that all agree upon and consistently employ the five pillars in order to work in unity as one larger body.
This way, no one who currently has branding and an individual calling or mission towards this has to give it up. I believe that with one brand or logo mark it will causes many issues such as casting a smaller net, legal paperwork needing to be filed, and titles needing to be in place so that there is a command structure.
I personally see such a structure as being susceptible to the elements of time. It can be destroyed or controlled over time. It can be ‘killed’. What I’m proposing can and will transcend these issues because ideas about how to succeed in our very niche arena can not be captured or killed, nor do they belong to anyone.
We should also do our best to continually promote one another's efforts in order to increase exposure. Retweeting, sharing, reposting, mentions, etc.
Skill Trading is the core of the Collaborative pillar. As previously mentioned, praying about and filling a Collective member's needs and also reciprocating if someone fills a need of yours.
SKILL TRADE DATABASE
I'm personally creating and maintaining a Skill Trade Database as a part of my individual branding to show some of the ways that we can all work together and share resources and collaborate while maintaining separate brand identities as the Collective currently has and hopefully never has a centralized branding as to prevent our reach from narrowing.
Should you decide to contribute to the Skill Trade Database, Faithdrawn Studios reserves the right to act as a discerning conduit between you and others in need of your skills.
Faithdrawn Studios agrees to use your information responsibly and respectfully. Your information will never be posted publicly.
You may withdraw your information from this database at any time and for any reason.
Thank you for your willingness to participate in a collaborative effort that has the potential to unite individuals and brands like in our effort to make games that glorify God.