What Hinders Collaboration?

Kyle Lent teaches about how pride is the biggest hindrance to collaboration. We must humble ourselves in submission to each other, and we see a perfect example of submission in the trinity.

Here are some of the main points:

The thing that will keep you from collaborating with your band, or with your team, whether it’s production, whatever, the thing that will keep you from collaborating and submitting to one another is pride. It’s the one thing that will keep you from doing it.

Humility, I mean, it’s in the word submission. Submission is this idea of saying, “You know what? I’m gonna put you above myself even though it doesn’t make sense. Even though maybe I have more skill in this area I’m going to submit to you because we’re doing this thing together. We’re collaborating.”

And so just a couple of thoughts on pride as you think about this – if you’re a worship leader, if you’re a band leader, but also if you’re in a band, if you are serving under some authority, which we all are in some capacity, here are a couple of quick thoughts.

The ultimate example of mutual submission is the trinity. Right? The trinity is the godhead, three persons in one, that is submitting to each other perfectly all the time.

The Father is pointing to the Son. “Look at my Son. This is my Son in whom I am well pleased.”

The Son is always saying, “I’m only doing what my father has told me to do.” The Son is saying, “I’m sending a helper that’s gonna be worth me leaving to get Him.”

They’re all submitting. The Spirit is pointing back to the Son at all times.

There’s this mutual submission happening in the trinity that is the way that it is and exists the way that it does because there’s no pride. There’s no pride in God. God is perfectly submissive to himself in the persons of the trinity.

But on the other hand, if we are in a band dynamic or team dynamic and we think that we know better than everybody else and we can do this better than anybody else, we’re saying the exact opposite of what the trinity is.

Pride says, “My ideas are better. You don’t know what you’re talking about. You don’t bring anything to the table.” And those are all things that splinter and fracture a team.

I was thinking about this. My wife and I just sold a house on the east side and moved south, and one of the things I had to do when I was getting our house over here ready was to put up a couple of ceiling fans.

If you’ve ever put up a ceiling fan then you know that it’s terrible. But you also know how terrible it is if you’ve put up a ceiling fan and it’s not level or it’s not balanced. They give you weights that can balance it, and the point is that it’s all working together. It’s different pieces, but they’re working together to stay level.

As soon as one of those pieces, you know, gets a big head and says, “I’m more important than these other pieces,” then the whole thing falls apart. That’s what pride does in your team.

 

Kyle Lent

About Kyle Lent

Kyle Lent serves as the Creative Director of Albums for Austin Stone Worship, leads worship with Aaron Ivey, and loves producing records for other artists in his spare time. He lives in Austin with his wife Annie and his two daughters, Norah and Josie.