Collaborate with me and 11 other high-caliber founders
Throughout my 10+ years running startups (no matter if they were bootstrapped or VC funded) I looked for a group of peers with whom I could be real no matter if the challenge I was facing was “just business” or fundamentally spiritual.
I never found that group. Mostly what I found was a lot of fellow entrepreneurs who felt the same way I did: isolated.
Sure, there were mentors and investors I could talk business with. And there were colleagues I could talk to about some surface-level personal things. My friends didn’t really get my work at all. And no one really got the full picture.
It’s hard to feel fully supported when you don’t feel fully understood.
Now that I’ve made the decision to focus full-time on my mission to help Christians do their most exceptional work for the glory of God and the good of others, the first thing I wanted to do was start the group I wish I had as a Founder.
That’s what the Collaboratory is all about: Real world business insights and support from a community of peers who share your faith, vision, and values.
"Jordan and the other Collaboratory members have been an invaluable asset. Not only have they made themselves available to help solve problems in my business, but they have also come alongside as encouragers and prayer warriors in support of me and my calling as an entrepreneur."
The Collaboratory is a cohort-based community of 12 carefully selected Founders led by me, Jordan Raynor. There are three core components of the Collaboratory: community, coaching, and content. Expand each section below to learn more.
Each month, the full cohort gathers virtually for our Monthly Forum: a 3 hour Zoom call during which we pray for each other, teach on practical business topics, offer focused feedback, and hold each other accountable to our business and spiritual goals. All Forums are recorded for access later on. Here’s the full agenda:
Devotional from me that helps you more deeply connect your faith with your work. If you’re subscribed to my weekly faith and work devotional, think of this section of the Forum as those devotionals on steroids. Each devotional is followed by the group discussing how the theological truths impact our lives and the lives of our ventures. Here are a few of the topics we have discussed in recent Forums:
Every month, we spend a good chunk of time sharing prayer requests and praying for each other on the call. These prayer requests are then made available for the group to pray through in between Forums.
At each Forum, I teach on a very practical business topic, drawn from my 10+ years of experience as an entrepreneur. Each talk is followed by Q&A and the group sharing best-practices related to the topic. Here are a few of the topics I have taught on to-date:
Each month, 3 members of the Collaboratory get 30 minutes each to do a deep-dive on a big problem or question facing their venture and solicit input and offers of help from the group. Without fail, these sessions generate game-changing insights that have had massive financial impact on each business represented in the Collaboratory.
In between our 3-hour Monthly Forums, members have access to a monthly 1-hour Open Forum with a much less formal agenda. The purpose of these optional calls is simple: to workshop problems on a more regular basis in between Hot Seat sessions in our Monthly Forums. Got a problem or a question for the group? Dial-in and we'll work through it together!
In addition to the above, members of the Collaboratory have constant access to me and the other members of the group via our private Slack channel.
As a member of the Collaboratory, you have unfettered access to my calendar (yes—that means unlimited one-on-one calls and emails), my experience, and my connections. Whenever you need counsel on an issue personal or professional, I am there to help, leveraging my years of experience to help you win. For all intents and purposes, you are getting me as a co-founder of your business and I’m personally going to do everything I can to make your venture succeed. Not only have I personally gone through the same challenges you’re facing numerous times, but I have also counseled other founders on virtually every topic imaginable, including how to:
Chances are good that you likely first heard about me through my faith and work content on YouVersion, my weekly devotionals, or in my books for Christian founders, Called to Create and Master of One. As a member of the Collaboratory, you will be gaining access to much more content to help you do your most exceptional work for the glory of God and the good of others.
Short daily devotional from me to help put you in the right frame of mind for the day ahead.
Access to a well-organized repository of documents, pitch decks, spreadsheets, etc. that save you time and help you win.
Advance copies of all of my future books.
It is my honor and joy to lead this Collaboratory, but I want to make one thing crystal clear: This group is not about me. As all of our current members will attest, the real value of the Collaboratory is being in a committed community of your peers, of which I am only one.
With that in mind, you may still be wondering what qualifies me to lead a group like this. That’s a fair question. Here are some highlights of what I’ve accomplished in my 10+ years as an entrepreneur:
"Leading a company can be really lonely and I joined the Collaboratory because I was craving strong Christian community with other founders. The group has added value to my life and business on so many levels. First, the community and quality of people in the group is diverse and top notch. As I've presented challenges and issues to the group, I've received solid, actionable feedback that has grown and strengthened my business. Second, I now have a much better understanding of the theology of work, and my relationship with God has grown as a result. Lastly, Jordan has become a trusted friend and mentor, and having unlimited access to him and his wisdom and experience leading ventures has truly been invaluable."