CoLab: The Name Tells the Story

By Ed Morgan, Director

In the founding days of our experiment in New York City ministry synergy we called ourselves Manhattan Christian Collaboration Center. We knew what we wanted to do — our visionary, Mac Pier, totally nailed it.” New York is arguably the world’s most important global city and the Gospel of Christ is in a renaissance period here. We can accelerate that growth by bringing ministries together so collaboration can happen. Mike Scales, President of Nyack College, caught the vision and provided our space. He saw not only ministry collaboration but students and graduates from “New York’s Christian college” investing their lives in this great city. And so MCCC was born, with a slightly clunky but very accurate name.

The dream unfolded in stages. At first our pioneer members felt like members of WeWork, a “collective.” That was a start. But we had always aspired to move beyond being a collective like WeWork to being a true collaborative — working on projects together—countering the ministry “silo mentality” to accelerate the Gospel in New York.

So, it was time for the tongue-twisting MCCC acronym to give way to a more contemporary and motivational name.

Our partners get together in a creative session with our favorite workshop facilitator, Ken Kinard. Once the name CoLab appeared out of the creative mists there was amazing unanimity.

The name would be CoLab — and we would jumpstart. The collaboration with current partners and prospective partners by forming working groups in four areas; multiplying churches, marketplace ministries, millennials and young people, and the poor and marginalized. That’s happening now.

So, the name does tell a story — and the story is that God’s heart is pleased with people who want to work together.