One of my favorite words that the Apostle Paul uses is the Greek word sunergoi, “fellow workers.” He regularly calls his friends–Prisca and Aquila, Aristarchus, Mark, Justus, and others–his “fellow workers.” He usually uses this word of
those who have stuck by him in times of trouble and who have partnered with him in mission.
But my favorite sunergoi text of all is 1 Corinthians 3:5-9, where Paul describes the Church’s mission ministry:
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers (sunergoi).
Paul understands himself and his “fellow workers” to be “fellow workers” with God in God’s work of building up God’s people and renewing God’s world.
Like St. Paul, I want to invite and equip you to become “fellow workers” with us and to participate in God’s work among the students and faculty at New York University and around the world. One of the great blessings of being an InterVarsity staff is that we make our living by making friends–friends with students, faculty, pastors, whoever. We depend upon the generosity and support of people who know us and who share InterVarsity’s vision for seeing students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world-changers developed. To help financially support my work with the Grad & Faculty Ministries at NYU and with the Emerging Scholars Network, you can just go to my donor webpage (here) or you can mail checks to:
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
P.O. Box 7895
Madison, WI 53707-7895
All checks should be made payable to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and should indicate in the memo line that they are intended for the ministry of “David Williams at NYU.”
Thank you for participating in our mission!