Church & Agency Interdependence


ARTICLES


CHURCH/PARACHURCH RELATIONS: THE BODY OF CHRIST AT WORK by John Pellowe
Helping the members of his congregation prepare to share their faith was a dream for Glenn Driedger, pastor of Carman Pentecostal Assembly in Carman, Manitoba, Canada. It is a dream that jost pastors share. Yet after six years, Driedger found his dream was still just a dream. jost church members still did not know how to give their testimony in a way they were comfortable with.

THE TWO STRUCTURES OF GOD’S REDEMPTIVE MISSION by Ralph D. Winter
In an address given to the All-Asia Mission Consultation in Seoul, Korea in August 1973 (The founding of the Asia Missions Association), Ralph Winter describes the forms that God’s two “redemptive structures,” take in every human society, and have taken throughout history. His thesis has two major implications: (I) We must accept both structures, represented in the Christian church today by the local church and the mission society, as legitimate and necessary, and as part of “God’s People, the Church” and (2) Non-Western churches must form and utilize mission societies if they are to exercise their missionary responsibility effectively. Such structures are not “Western but Biblical.”

STILL TWO STRUCTURES AFTER ALL THESE YEARS? by Robert A. Blincoe
Part 1 of a two-part article from the International Journal of Frontier Missions, Spring 2002

HOW DENOMINATIONAL AND MISSION AGENCY OFFICES CAN OFTEN DO MORE BY DOING LESS, by Robert A. Blincoe
Part 2 of a two-part article from the International Journal of Frontier Missions, Summer 2002

TWO CASE STUDIES ON CHURCH-AGENCY PARTNERSHIPS
“A Partnership Made For Heaven” by Mark Struck, who has served with United World Mission and the local church & “We Found That We Needed Agencies” by Porter Speakman, Missions Pastor, Central Church of God, Charlotte, NC

CHURCHES AND AGENCIES: LEARNING TOGETHER by Greg Parsons
(See also the second part of this article immediately below)

FURTHER REFLECTIONS by Greg Parsons
(To get the most out of this article read the article that created these responses immediately above)

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHURCHES, MISSION AGENCIES AND TRAINING SCHOOLS by Simon Wan.
Simon Wan – a 2005 student at the Worldview Centre for Intercultural Studies (Launceston, TAS) looks at the relationship between churches, mission agencies and training schools. As part of this study, Simon spent time with Wycliffe Australia, and has kindly given permission to reproduce his study.

 


BOOKS


THE CHURCH IS BIGGER THAN YOU THINK by Patrick Johnstone

This must read book is mentioned here due to its concise overview regarding the interdependent nature and roles of local churches and mission sending structures.

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