Partnering with the Global Church
In our globally interconnected world, mission depends on healthy partnerships across the globe. Many talk about wanting to partner with the Global South, but we're not always sure what that looks like on the ground. Too often North Americans have acted as if we don't need others to do what we think God has called us to do. And our witness overseas has suffered as a result.
We need to live out a more humble posture of missional partnership, marked by true mutuality and service. Nikki Toyama-Szeto and Femi Adeleye look at how we can partner well across cultures. People on mission together from diverse perspectives are a picture of how the body of Christ works together in the world. Addressing tricky issues like power, finances, transparency and trust, the authors provide best practices and models for ministry that reflect the servant heart of God.
God invites us all to engage in his work, and he gives us partners for the task from around the world. Discover how we can do more together than we could ever do on our own.
Includes questions for group discussion.
"In this significant contribution to the urgent and unfolding global conversation on missional partnership, Femi Adeleye and Nikki Toyama-Szeto illuminate the 'why's of partnership--an essential component in bearing witness to hope. As globalization makes the world more accessible and smaller than ever, Femi and Nikki offer a clear road map to partnership based on interdependency. With thoughtful sensitivity and courage, tackling some of the most difficlut issues in cross-cultural partnerships, Femi and Nikki navigate the nuanced challenges of negotiating the complex power dynamics in missional partnerships. Affirming the preeminence of God already at work in the world, Partnering with the Global Church approaches this delicate conversation with humility, while maintaining confidence and conviction."
"As the authors note, 'Partnership is not an option--it is an essential.' This much-needed publication will be helpful both to those who think otherwise and those who haven't given partnership much thought. God's intention for partnerships is often misunderstood, and the authors redirect via Scripture and their thoughtful reflection and instruction, as well as Spirit-led experiences for immediate application. Recommended reading for anyone serving God's kingdom, from collegians to Christian leaders; required reading for every missionary."
"'If you want to go far--go with others.' Nikki A. Toyama-Szeto and Femi Adeleye have united their complex personal histories and done the body of Christ a great service in getting to the heart of what it means to function as Jesus intended. A short but powerful guide to reaching the world with the holistic message of Jesus--by portraying the truth of our witness in the way we function with one another."
"Writing from a global perspective with insightful illustrations, the authors invite us to understand biblical and interdependent partnership--even across financial and cultural divides. This is must reading for any North American desiring to serve alongside the church of the Majority World."
Problems with Partnership
One Body, Many Parts
Why Do Partnership?
Partnership Takes Practice
Some Practical Steps Toward Becoming a Better Partner
Power Undermines Partnership
Practicing Partnership Before It Happens
Fruits of Partnership
Questions for Reflection or Discussion