I had a meeting recently that helped remind me of a few things.
Focus not only helps you improve and align what you're working on but it has an effect not many of us notice. When a person lives and works inside a defined set of ideals and passion it's easy to foget where others live.
During my recent discussion I was explaining what has become a filter for almost everything I do in ministry. While we all agreed on the importance of what was being shared, there was something holding people back from fully buying in on the idea. That something I decided was exposure and experience.
You see each of us was simultaniously experiencing the same frustration. I live in my world; he lives in his. We are in agreement on many subjects, but what is most important to one was merely an ingredient to the other and vice versa.
The importance of this "agree to disagree" scenario can not be understated. I believe this may be one of the biggest sources of division in many ministry circles. This can most likely be applied in the local church as well.
Here in lies the importance of alignment. Support, encourage and partner with each other whenever possible. But when you're not aligned and can not partner, don't sever relationships. Simply work harder at support and encouragement. If each ministry, church or organizational leader took the time to identify where some of these alignment issues are in his or her sphere of influence there could be a great deal of healing.