Many churches which have done a number of short term missions trips have been struggling with some common questions. "We have done construction or other tasks. Is there more? Is there a way for us to develop a relationship with another church or community? What are the pitfalls to avoid and the opportunities to embrace in doing joint ministry? What about serving together in a third location?
Is it possible to develop relationships that cross cultures and cross significant differences in wealth and power? Andy Crouch, executive producer for the Global Conversation video series, sat down with two men whose churches have nurtured twenty years of partnership in mission, Chapel Hill...
This paper comes out of personal experience and observation of missionaries of many nationalities working with West Africans who are Muslim Background Believers, in several Sahelian, francophone, predominantly Muslim countries (Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Guinea.)
The immense income...
How do we increase the odds that STM will make a long-term difference in the lives of our kids long after the suitcases are unpacked and the photo albums are buried in bedroom closets? A two day “Short-Term Missions Effectiveness” Think Tank showed a common theme: we need to do a better job...
An article by Hunter Farrell from a special issue of the Journal of Latin American Theology: Christian Reflections from the Latino South on short-term missions in Latin America.
"Everyone knows . . . That short term missions benefit the people who come, not the people here."
Is that true? If so, then thousands of people are raising millions of dollars each year to do something not for others, but for themselves. Are we fooling ourselves by pretending these trips...
Authentic partnership is characterized by “mutually enabling, inter-dependent interaction with shared intentions,” which implies, “inter alia, a joint commitment to long-term interaction, shared responsibility for achievement, reciprocal obligation, equality, mutuality and balance of power.”...
This article explains the crucial roles a facilitator plays in successful global partnership.
This article addresses why Western high-control leadership styles may not fit cross-cultural partnerships.
General guidelines for international partnerships between PC(USA) congregations, presbyteries and synods and international churches and institutions.
Cross cultural experiences open our eyes to areas where our own culture needs transformation. Assessing resources in both organizations is more than just financial, it also includes intellectual, spiritual, emotional and the like.
In 1987 we spent two weeks of cultural orientation living in an empty hut in a Fulani village in Mali. Another missionary couple lived and worked on the other side of the village. Our Fulani neighbors brought us lunch every day--millet...
This article from Catalyst Services shares the most essential elements of successful partnerships and most frequently seen partnership quagmires.
We believe that everyone has been given gifts and resources by God. We see close relationships between distant churches as a way to share the resources and knowledge that we have with each other.
A multi-agency task force has assembled this draft of principles that can help guide partnerships.
Condensed version of World Renew (formerly known as CRWRC) Core Learning module: Community Development and Transformation, Basic Principles and Practices. (CRWRC/World Renew).
Huyser Prayer Letter, March 2009
Christian Reformed World Missions
“For now we see in a mirror dimly . . .” I Corinthians 13:12
One of my highlights this past year has been...
Timothy was trained in ministry by the Apostle Paul and called upon to train others (II Timothy 2:2) so that the church would have an on-going supply of focused, disciplined and hard-working leaders. This makes the use of his name with a new leadership training material very appropriate. Although this material was developed for untrained pastors in Africa, it is now being used in Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America as well. In fact, Timothy Leadership Training (TLT) is present in 48 countries around the world. The genius of the method is two-fold: inductive approach and action planning.
The uniting general council meeting of the World Communion of Reformed Churches is now history. It's hard to know what impact this merger will have on the mission effort of the 80 million Christians who belong to one of the member denominations. Concepts of mission certainly vary within and across denominational lines.
Squirrels and chipmunks scurried underfoot. Birds sang brightly in the beautiful trees. Buildings, clean, elegant, modern and vibrant stretched around immaculate, manicured lawns. I had to pinch myself to try to remember I wasn’t actually in a Disney film – and that a singing fawn was not going...
The maturity of the worldwide Church that the World Communion of Reformed Churches gathering exemplifies is something to celebrate, and to ponder. Although there is still much that North American churches can contribute to the world in terms of ministry among unreached peoples, leadership training and the application of Christian worldview, there is also much that we can learn and receive from our brothers and sisters in the Majority World (Asia, Africa and Latin America). The vigor of those churches, their deep commitment ...
This question and answer addresses the question of timing. Is it best to respond immediately upon completing one's education or gain some experience (and lose some student debt) first. This is not the final word but raises some good points. Steve
My husband is big into fishing. I could wallpaper my house with all the pictures we have of him holding a fish. They all look the same to me, but he can point to it and tell you how many inches it was, what stretch of the river he got it, during what season, and using what fly. Shocking the...
Catalyst Services provides many valuable resources for missions committees seeking to educate and stimulate their congregations to deeper understanding and involvement in missions.
Often new church starts think that international missions is great . . . but must wait until the church is up and running. This resource focuses on the concept of building an international component into the DNA of the church from its beginning.