- By Lucas
The article was just published in eXcelerate Magazine, produced by Missio Nexus – an umbrella association of nearly 200 North American mission agencies and churches which have collectively deployed 35,000 evangelical missionaries around the world.
In the article, Kärin recounts her first time attending the North American Mission Leaders Conference hosted by Missio Nexus:
“As a new mission executive, I had the unique opportunity to sit with many seasoned leaders and ask a lot of questions. One of the things that stood out to me in these conversations was how many mission executives articulated similar organizational priorities, yet had limited, if any, intentional partnering initiatives. … The more I listened, the more convinced I became that collaboration is now essential for good stewardship of limited Kingdom resources in our increasingly interconnected world.“
Kärin goes on in the article to highlight different ways that major mission organizations have partnered together in the past few years. She concludes:
“When we set our eyes on building the Kingdom of God, rather than building our own organizations, we will discover that we have so much to gain from partnering with one another.“
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- By Lucas
This past week, visionSynergy participated in the Missio Nexus 2012 North American Mission Leaders Conference where one of the major workshops was focused on the theme of contextualization in Muslim ministries. The workshop was presented by members of the Bridging the Divide consultation, which visionSynergy senior advisor, Dave Hackett, has helped facilitate for the past two years.
Over these two years, the Bridging the Divide consultation has brought together numerous professors, translators, missiologists, funders, and leaders of evangelism and church planting ministries among Muslims, including a number of believers from Muslim backgrounds.
The purpose of the consultation was to address highly-charged controversies around contextualization in Muslim outreach, and in particular what is known as the “Insider Movement.” Read more…
- By Lucas
Phill Butler, visionSynergy founder, was recently asked by the Christian Leadership Alliance to write up a brief personal reflection on the past three decades of his work in building Kingdom partnerships for global mission. The Alliance published Phill’s reflection under the title, A Lifelong Journey, for the summer 2012 edition of their national magazine – Outcomes.
This edition of the magazine was focused on the theme of partnership and includes a number of excellent articles on partnerships in ministry and mission.
Among these were:
Tackling the Summit of Partnerships
by Scott Todd
One in Christ
by John G. Fix
by Joseph Vijayam
Seven Principles for Successful Collaboration
by Doug Wicks
Down with Teamwork!
by Doug Mazza
The Critical Shift
by James Lewis
… and more.
- By Lucas
As a resource for the recent Lausanne Cape Town 2010 gathering, visionSynergy published the Partnership Field Guide – a 60-page handbook outlining the step-by-step process for building effective ministry partnerships. Developed out of nearly 30 years of field experience, the Guide covers the 15 key principles and the 3 main stages in the process of working with others toward a common vision. The Guide was distributed to all 4,000 participants at the Cape Town 2010 gathering.
Click here to download a PDF copy for yourself.