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30

Nov

Donate Today

Donate by December 31st to multiply your impact!

Your year-end gifts to our Global Network Launch Initiative will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000 by a generous financial partner!

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WHAT KIND OF IMPACT CAN YOUR GIFT MAKE?

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Our Vision

Our goal with this initiative is to launch 5 new training cohorts of leaders who will catalyze 50 new mission networks among the least-reached peoples and places of the world. These networks will facilitate collaboration among hundreds of ministries and leaders, working together to accomplish what none could do alone in order to accelerate the advance of the Gospel.

By giving today, you are not just investing in the programs of one organization. You are investing in the ministry of building vital mission networks and ministry partnerships. Collaboration is the single best strategy for addressing the most pressing needs in the world today. It is the key that reduces the duplication of our efforts, maximizes the impact of our ministries, and strengthens the credibility of our witness for Christ.

Our Impact

The Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia have some of the largest concentrations of people groups and places with no church or Christian witness among them. One of the major barriers to advancing the Gospel in these areas has been division and lack of collaboration between ministries. Often, Christians simply don’t work together, or they don’t have the skills to know how to effectively partner to achieve a shared Kingdom vision.

That is why three years ago, we launched the Synergy Catalyst Program (SCP) to provide training and coaching for catalytic leaders to form mission networks. These catalysts bring multiple ministries together to develop networks focused on spiritual breakthroughs among unreached peoples and places.

Our first SCP cohort in India saw remarkable results. Over the two years of the program, this cohort of catalysts launched and led 33 mission networks that equipped hundreds of leaders.

Working together in collaboration they saw significant outcomes including more than 3,000 new house churches in India and Bangladesh! In addition, many of these networks are catalyzing micro-finance projects, community development, women’s empowerment, and Covid relief efforts, resulting in spiritual and community transformation.

Network Launch Initiative

Because of the demonstrated impact of the Synergy Catalyst Program, we have developed this Network Launch Initiative to multiply our impact in 2022. Our goal is to catalyze 5 new SCP cohorts to launch 50 new mission networks that will mobilize over 1,000 ministries to rapidly advance the Gospel among the unreached.

To launch 50 new mission networks, we are aiming to raise $100,000. Funding will go toward the development of our online platform, translation of training resources, local workshops, monthly leadership coaching, technology support, travel, and stipends for our national associates in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Egypt.

A long-time supporter of visionSynergy has generously committed $50,000 to match any gift made by December 31. Every dollar you give to this initiative will be doubled! With your support, we can reach our goal of $100,000 to launch 50 new mission networks to change the world.


Since 2003, visionSynergy has demonstrated fiscal integrity and good stewardship while achieving our mission of increased collaboration for Great Commission breakthroughs. Our 2020 Impact Report is available here.

visionSynergy is a recipient of the Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency and a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Our donors include generous individuals, churches, and foundations. Audits are completed annually and are available upon request. For other information, see our Guidestar profile. State nonprofit disclosures available here.

19

May

A Different Kind of Leader

  • By Vision Synergy

The network leader is one of the fastest-emerging and most critical leadership roles in ministry and mission today. Networks — not agencies — are now shaping highly important mission and ministry strategies. Networks and their consultations are fast becoming the main gathering points for Christian leaders from around the the city to around the world. In them, Christians connect, share information and resources, establish standards, and collaborate with one another for greater impact.

We must understand the distinctive role of the network leader who leads these relatively new forms of organizing. This role sometimes goes by other terms — network facilitator, system leader, association or alliance leader, network coordinator — but this article will use the broad term of network leader.

Networks are not institutions
“Networks are not institutions, they cannot be expected to do what institutions do,” says A.K. Bernard. Nor can networks be led as if they were organizations or institutions. In fact, networks and partnerships operate so differently from traditional organizations that they can easily fail if traditional leadership strategies are used. These differences drive the need for a different kind of collaborative leader with unique skills and ways of working.

Many ministry leaders newly assuming collaborative leadership roles discover they are ill-equipped to lead a complex network. They have never had training or experience facilitating a large set of organizations as it develops commonly-shared goals resulting in significant action. Additionally, many have not received mentoring, coaching or advising from experienced network leaders.

Recognizing the Gap
Today’s increased demand for networks has uncovered a deep gap in training, mentoring and coaching for people who want to develop enduring and effective mission networks. These differences demand a different kind of collaborative leader with specialized skills for “the network way of working,” as the Network Leadership Training Academy terms it.

Perhaps it is not obvious to traditional leaders that interorganizational leadership calls for a new set of skills and approaches. An organizational leader, we often assume, ought to easily transition to leading a network of organizations. But the reality is often very disconcerting as they realize that interorganizational leadership calls for a different set of skills and approaches. “Many organizations are finding it challenging to adopt a network approach to leadership, and leadership programs are not supporting organizational leaders to develop those skill sets,” says network analyst Claire Reinelt.

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13

Apr

A Reason for Optimism

  • By Vision Synergy

Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from a cover story by visionSynergy CEO, Kären Butler Primuth, in Mission Frontiers magazine, Mar-Apr 2017 issue. The issue includes many other powerful articles on collaboration!

God is now uniting the worldwide Church like never before to reach the unreached.

Over the past several decades, an increasingly interconnected and globalized world has given rise to hundreds of networks in every field of mission. Through these networks, ministries around the world are meeting, sharing information and resources, and collectively working together to respond to some of the greatest challenges and opportunities of our day. These mission networks are now playing a vital role in shaping Great Commission strategies and the future of the world mission movement.

Networks in Every Field of Mission
The landscape of mission networks today is staggering. There are hundreds of networks around the world covering a wide variety of mission fields at global, regional, national, and local levels. Each network draws together dozens if not hundreds of individuals and organizations around common areas of interest – whether that is a focus on particular geographic areas, people groups, mission strategies, or other issues.

The resource website Linking Global Voices currently tracks more than 500 different networks around the world. And many of these networks have sub-networks within them!

The Lausanne Movement, as one example, is organized around 12 geographic networks and an array of 37 separate global issue networks – from the Buddhist World to Business As Mission, from Diasporas to Disability Concerns, from Leadership Development to Least Evangelized Peoples.

Some mission networks function primarily for information sharing, while others are highly participatory, with members contributing resources toward collaborative projects and commonly-defined goals. A growing number of churches, ministries, and mission organizations see their participation in networks as essential to making informed decisions and fulfilling their own calling.

Four Positive Trends
There may still be thousands of mission groups and hundreds of thousands of local churches around the world who continue to go it alone in their ministry fields. Nevertheless, the good news is that collaboration is gradually becoming the default approach to ministry – from international mission agencies working together among the unreached to local churches working together in their communities.

There are four positive trends that point to a tectonic shift toward collaborative networks in the global mission community.

1. Increasing awareness of networks
There is a growing awareness of and openness to networks and partnerships among churches, ministries, and mission organizations around the world.

2. Donors investing directly in partnerships
The mission funding community is shifting more of their kingdom investments toward projects initiated by networks and partnerships. Many major donors now explicitly ask grantees how they are working in partnership with others to accomplish the goals of their project proposals.

3. Inter-network cooperation
Many networks share common operational challenges. Increasingly, representatives of multiple networks are coming together to share knowledge and address issues particular to multilateral mission networks such as information security and regionalization.

4. Collaboration-friendly organizations
There are thousands of churches and mission organizations which participate in networks around the world. The same individuals or organizations are often involved in multiple networks. The growing number of these collaboration-friendly organizations is a tremendous sign that the mission community is shifting to a new future.

As you explore and engage more deeply in mission networks, I am sure you will become convinced as I am that Christians are called to work together and that partnership is the single best strategy for addressing the most pressing needs in the world today. Collaboration is the key that reduces the duplication of our efforts, maximizes the impact of our ministries, and strengthens the credibility of our witness for Christ.

To read the full article, go to: http://www.missionfrontiers.org/issue/article/how-networks-are-shaping-the-future-of-world-mission

20

Dec

Our latest thoughts and work

  • By Vision Synergy

Over the last year, we’ve focused our creative efforts on building and facilitating an online community of collaborative leaders. You are invited to join at Synergy Commons! We will continue to share thought-leadership articles on that site instead of this blog. And, even better, we engage and feature other practitioners of partnerships and networks from across the world.

 

If you’re interested in our latest projects, events, and news, be sure to follow us on Twitter. We retweet our staff, some ministry and resource partners, and share announcements about new visionSynergy resources and activities.

 

We pray 2016 was a great year for you and your organization. Together we can do more than apart!

29

Oct

What is your collaboration quotient?

  • By Vision Synergy

collaboration-quotient

Networks and partnerships are the future of world mission.

 
Nothing significant will happen among the unreached without greater collaboration among Christian leaders, churches, and mission organizations.

 
I recently learned about an unusual mathematician who can teach us a lot about the value of collaboration.

 
His name is Paul Erdős (1913-1996).

Read more…

22

Oct

Tree of Life partnership training for oral cultures now available in Amharic

  • By Vision Synergy

tol-amharic

The Tree of Life (TOL) partnership training has recently been translated into the Amharic language of Ethiopia and is now available for free download.

 
With the Amharic translation, TOL is now available in 8 languages: English, Amharic, French, Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi, Odia, and Nepali.

 
Tree of Life was originally developed several years ago in partnership with Scriptures in Use and the Bridges Training Network South Asia. At the time, there was little partnership training material that would be appropriate for use among the grassroots oral culture churches in the villages of North India and Nepal.

 
TOL was developed to provide a Biblical foundation for partnership and practical principles that leaders of local village churches could apply as they worked together in evangelism and church planting, economic development, community and social development, and social justice projects. The TOL training format was designed to be easily replicated by participants in their home villages.

 
In the past five years, nearly 3,000 leaders have participated in TOL trainings in South Asia. Today, hundreds of oral Bible churches are working together to transform their communities through partnership.

 
After demonstrated success in South Asia, the Tree of Life training and partnership development program is now expanding to Africa.

 
Visit our media library to download the Tree of Life partnership training in all available languages.

 

08

Oct

What can you learn from a boardgame?

  • By Vision Synergy

what-can-you-learn-from-a-game

 
The island was sinking.

 
Most of my team were separated from each other, trapped, surrounded by rising water.

 
Our diver was equipped to get to the exit point, but our helicopter was down, so there was little chance the rest of our team would make it.

 
The good news?

 
It was only a game.

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02

Oct

Simultaneous Vision

  • By Vision Synergy

Simultaneous Vision

Has God given you a dream to achieve? a vision to fulfill? a cause to conquer? a burden for breakthrough in some area of ministry?

 
Take a look around.

 
You are likely to find many others who share the same passion. Time and time again, we have seen that the dreams stirring in one person’s heart are the same dreams stirring in another person’s heart.

 
That is what missional partnerships are all about.

 
Whether your ministry context is a neighborhood or a nation, mission partnerships are born when the vision is too big, too complex, or requires resources too great for any individual or single ministry.

 
Vision is the driving force that shapes a partnership. Partnerships are not first and foremost about structure, or money, or theological statements. Partnerships are first and foremost about vision.

 

The phenomenon of multiples

 
We often think of great ideas, big dreams, and powerful visions as something rare and unique. But in reality, they are all around us. If we really start listening and looking around, we often find that multiple people have exactly the SAME vision, at the SAME time, in the SAME place.

 
It’s not a singular vision. It’s a simultaneous vision.

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16

Sep

Tree of Life partnership training for oral cultures now available in 7 languages

  • By Vision Synergy

Tree of Life - Oriya/Odia

The Tree of Life (TOL) partnership training has recently been translated into the Oriya/Odia language of East India and is now available for free download.

 
With the Odia translation, TOL is now available in 7 languages: English, French, Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi, Odia, Nepali.

 
Tree of Life was originally developed several years ago in partnership with Scriptures in Use and the Bridges Training Network South Asia. At the time, there was little partnership training material that would be appropriate for use among the grassroots oral culture churches in the villages of North India and Nepal.

 
TOL was developed to provide a Biblical foundation for partnership and practical principles that leaders of local village churches could apply as they worked together in evangelism and church planting, economic development, community and social development, and social justice projects. The TOL training format was designed to be easily replicated by participants in their home villages.

 
In the past five years, nearly 3,000 leaders have participated in TOL trainings in South Asia. Today, hundreds of oral Bible churches are working together to transform their communities through partnership.

 
After demonstrated success in South Asia, the Tree of Life training program is now expanding to Africa. A new translation into Amharic for Ethiopia is underway.

 
Visit our media library to download the Tree of Life partnership training in all available languages

 
To learn more about the Tree of Life partnership training, check out this article by Joe Handley of Asian Access:
Partnership Training For Oral Cultures (Orality Journal, 2014)

 
Archived version: http://www.webcitation.org/6SdteQ6Xr

 

20

Aug

Collaboration for the Common Good

  • By Vision Synergy

Collaboration for the common good

I was recently on an early morning trip to the airport for a flight overseas. In my city, the road to the airport crosses a bridge over a large lake. After crossing the bridge, I heard an ambulance siren coming up behind the rear of my car. Along with other drivers I pulled over and said a prayer for whoever was inside the ambulance.

 
Moments later I began thinking: Nobody really likes paying taxes, but we surely value – and rely on – many of the services that our taxes provide. Whoever picked up the phone early that morning and called emergency services for an ambulance could never have expected a quick response if thousands of other people had not paid the taxes that created the infrastructure to allow that ambulance to arrive.

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