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The apostle Paul himself had a large network of colleagues and co-workers who worked alongside him in his ministry. Up to 100 names are associated with Paul in the New Testament, of which around 36 could be considered close partners and fellow laborers. Paul uses two names in particular for them: fellow workers (sunergoi) and ministers (diakonoi).
There is a brotherliness and unity to it that stems from their common status as fellow workers–not just with each other, but also with God:
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 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. You are God’s field, God’s building.
Their common status as God’s laborers both dignifies and humbles. They are working alongside God in his great work in the world; and yet they are nothing, because it is God who gives the growth.
-Marshall and Payne, The Trellis and the Vine
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