For 18 years, with an international team, as President of Interdev Phill Butler helped pioneer the “partnership movement” among nearly one hundred of the world’s major unreached people groups. Now, with a small group of like-minded colleagues, his focus has moved to the next generation of Kingdom collaboration; new areas of opportunity with extraordinary, high-impact potential for world evangelization. (See VisionSynergy’s Power of Connecting web site listing below.)
POWER OF CONNECTING
Tools, information, articles, case histories, and ways to link with others around the world working on kingdom partnerships, networks, and other kinds of strategic alliances. New hope by learning together and strengthening relationships. (See also VisionSynergy web site listing above)
THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIP: WORKING TOGETHER TO REACH THE UNREACHED by Phill Butler, Interdev
Though Interdev no longer exists, its founder Phill Butler has served the global missions movement in powerful ways through his teaching on and facilitation of partnerships.
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS: PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER TO REACH THE UNREACHED
The entire Mission Frontiers October 1999 issue is dedicated to the topic of partnership
PRAYER, EVANGELIZATION, & COOPERATIVE ENDEAVORS by Phill Butler
(See also Dr. Paul Cedar’s Response to this paper)
For the last sixteen years, with colleagues around the world, I have been engaged in seeking to bring God’s people into productive, whole, cooperative relationships that will empower effective evangelization. Our experience has demonstrated what is found throughout Scripture: evangelism is not a game of guns and money. We are working in an arena in which principalities and powers in heavenly places play significant roles and where an individual’s entrance into The Kingdom is not the work of clever strategies but through the washing and regeneration of the Holy Spirit.
LET’S PARTNER WITH NETWORKS by Ellen Livingood
Who are the committed? Those in people group networks!
GLOBAL PARTNERING GROWING PAINS – A three part series by Ellen Livingood (catalystservices.org)
“How do we establish thousands of healthy partnerships and maintain them efficiently and productively? In the January-March 2009 issues of Postings, we presented a series of articles highlighting some of the challenges churches and mission organizations need to address in order to steward the movement to the next level.”
» Global Partnering Growing Pains — I / January ’09
» Global Partnering Growing Pains — II / February ’09
» Global Partnering Growing Pains — III / March ’09
CLARIFY EXPECTATIONS TO CREATE HEALTHY PARTNERSHIPS by Ellen Livingood (catalystservices.com)
“Participants in global initiatives will want to be as flexible as possible, and their list of essentials and expectations should be as short as possible. But each participant—church, facilitator, NGO, agency, etc.—must honestly lay on the table whatever is critically important to them.”
THE LIFE OF A PARTNERSHIP FACILITATOR: IS IT A ROLE THAT YOU COULD FILL? by Mission Frontiers Staff
Recently Mission Frontiers gathered together three individuals who have been filling the role of a Partnership Facilitator, sometimes called a Non-residential Missionary or Strategic Coordinator (SC). We wanted to get their first-hand accounts of their experiences in this role. (Read more)
DEPENDENCY IN MISSION PARTNERSHIP: PRINCIPLES FOR ENABLING THE SERVANTS OF GOD IN HARD PLACES by Daniel Rickett, Partners International
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The issue of dependency in mission relationships is widely recognized. What is often overlooked is that there are two kinds of dependency: healthy and unhealthy. If there is to be a productive partnership, it is crucial that we understand the difference between the two. Only then can we develop ways to use it constructively.
GETTING BEYOND MONEY PROBLEMS IN MISSIONS PARTNERSHIPS by Daniel Rickett, Partners International
Drunkards, drug dealers, and prostitutes have come to Christ. Men are learning basic carpentry and women are trained in sowing. Children are fed once a week and given basic education. Many other programs are underway to grow the church and help the slum dwellers escape the grip of poverty. Huduma Church is a tree of life in a field of despair. It exists first, because local Christians had the compassion to work in the slum and, second, because a few outsiders had the humility to follow their lead.
THE CASE FOR A GLOBAL INTER-MISSIONS NETWORK by Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World
The last two hundred years of evangelical growth have been amazing. Evangelicals grew from 85 million in 1960 to 420 million in 2000, but the non-Western component rose from 30 million to 300 million over this period. There are four major strands that contributed to this growth—a growth which has accelerated over this period, peaking in the last 2–4 decades:
A MODEL FOR CHURCH/SENDING AGENCY COOPERATION by Dennis McCallum, Xenos Fellowship, Columbus, Ohio
In our experience, jost churches send missionaries from their own church either through their denomination, or through a variety of missions agencies. These agencies are usually chosen by the missionaries, based on their own criteria. The church will frequently have some contact with the agency, but jost communication with the field is through the missionaries. Many independent churches will find themselves involved with several different agencies, and large churches may work through eight, twelve, or more.
STRANGE THINGS IN XENOS by Dennis McCallum, Xenos Christian Fellowship, Columbus, Ohio
In this insightful article, the author describes the critical thinking behind his church’s decisions regarding partnering with mission agencies. Following this article (below) is a response from a mission agency partnering with Xenos Christian Fellowship.
INTERDEPENDENCE—MUTUAL BLESSING by Albert Ehmann, Int’l Director of World Team
This concise article provides World Team’s view of a healthy partnership with Xenos Christian Fellowship (See “Strange Things in Xenos, above)
EXAMPLE OF A PARTNERING AGREEMENT
Xenos Fellowship sought out a partnership with a compatible sending agency to help consolidate resources and knowledge for effective church-planting. This article is a copy of the written agreement between XCF and World Team. Xenos’ experience under this agreement has been quite positive.
SEVEN MISTAKES PARTNERS MAKE AND HOW TO AVOID THEM by Daniel Rickett, Partners International
One thing is certain, partnering in mission is like learning to walk. It’s a process of catching yourself before you fall. Even when you’ve got the swing of it, there are plenty of things to trip over. Partnering in mission is complex and prone to errors—in judgment and practice. This paper is designed to help by providing a guide to the jost common mistakes made in intercultural partnerships. If you know where the pitfalls lie, you can avoid them more easily.
DO STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE? CASE STUDIES, Missions Frontiers
Do partnerships really make a difference? You be the judge. Those who shared the following stories have been quick to note: in these brief case histories, the real glory must go to Christ, the work of His Holy Spirit and the faithful individuals and their ministries who labor on the front lines. “Partnership,” by itself is no guarantee of Kingdom “success.”
KINGDOM PARTNERSHIPS FOR SYNERGY IN MISSION, by Bill Taylor
(Online-book) This outstanding work produced by the World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission, contains various chapters under the five following categories: Foundations, Critical Issues, Internationalizing Agencies, Models, and Conclusions.
BUILDING STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIPS, Daniel Rickett, Partners International
WELL CONNECTED by Phill Butler
Well Connected is: 1) a resource for laypeople, pastors, missionaries, Christian workers in all forms of ministry, 2) a long-needed resource for educating/training the next-generation of leadership, 3) a key tool in helping establish the paradigm of collaboration as a core, functional Kingdom value, replacing the highly individualistic pattern so pervasive in the church for so long.
POWER OF 2: HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PARTNERSHIPS AT WORK AND IN LIFE by Rod Wagner & Gale Muller
Based on Gallup’s groundbreaking research, Power of 2 details the eight elements that prepare partners to succeed in their most important endeavors. Rodd Wagner and Gallup World Poll leader Dr. Gale Muller share the science and the secrets of successful collaboration. Mixing key insights about human nature, field-tested discoveries, and the inspiring stories of partnerships that reached the pinnacle, Power of 2 will change the way readers think about working with someone else. (See David Mays’ Booknotes on Power of 2)