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07

May

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By giving to visionSynergy, you are not just investing in the programs of one organization. You are investing in the ministry of building vital networks and partnerships that involve thousands of churches, ministries, and mission agencies around the world. Together, we can do far more than anyone can do alone.

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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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Since 2003, visionSynergy has demonstrated fiscal integrity and good stewardship while achieving our mission of increased collaboration in Christian mission so that unreached people groups can hear the Good News. Please consider investing in a lasting legacy by contributing through one of several ways. This might include naming visionSynergy in your will, trust, or estate. Or you might consider naming visionSynergy as a secondary beneficiary of an IRA or 401K since these are taxable if left to heirs but not if given to a charity. We are excited to offer more planned giving options soon but, in the meantime, email us (partner@visionsynergy.net) for further guidance. Or you can consult with our partner, the National Christian Foundation, for free expertise in gift or estate planning. Our account is #1879713.

Phill Butler Legacy Circle

The Phill Butler Legacy Circle is made up of generous donors who have included visionSynergy in their will or estate plan. 

The Phill Butler Legacy Circle is named in honor of visionSynergy’s founder. Phill Butler is an author and internationally acknowledged expert in partnerships and strategic alliances, He has led the way in developing missional partnerships among Christian organizations in more than 70 countries for nearly three decades. Phill is the founder and current Senior Strategic Advisor of visionSynergy and was the previous founder and director of Interdev and Intercristo. In his earlier years, Phill was an international radio and news correspondent with ABC News.

When people think of stewardship, they often think of tithing or making wise use of their resources. But stewardship also includes planning for the distribution of your estate. Including a charitable bequest (cash, securities, real estate or other assets) in your will is a simple and tangible way to make a lasting gift to visionSynergy while leaving a legacy for you and your family.

There are several ways to structure a bequest by indicating: 

  • A specific dollar amount 
  • A percentage of your estate 
  • A specific piece of real estate 
  • A specific piece of personal property 

Marv and Carol Gibbs, longtime supporters of visionSynergy, are members of the Phill Butler Legacy Circle. When asked what compelled them to become part of the Legacy Circle, Marv explained, “I think the root motivation has been a desire to support what we feel is essential Kingdom work. This is where Jesus’ prayer for us to be one body takes on human form. We would love to support visionSynergy more though our current resources but being retired limits what we can currently give. Planning our estate has allowed us to think beyond our lifetime. We sense we are sharing in the utilization of our resources toward that which has been our shared passion. We also have confidence in visonSynergy since we’ve watched the development of the work over time. It’s with a sense of joy that we imagine the vision carried forward into the future. In a small way, we’re a continuing part of the dream.”    

Marv went on to say, “I would encourage anyone who wants to have a lasting impact to become a member of the Phill Butler Legacy Circle. Credibility and accountability have been demonstrated by visionSynergy across the years.” The Gibbses are excited to know that by simply including visionSynergy in their will they will further Kingdom work beyond their lifetime. “Carol and I are strong advocates for international collaboration and team building. We see our legacy investment in visionSynergy as a way of using resources God has given us in future support of a ministry that encourages this kind of mission.” 

You can become a member of the Phill Butler Legacy Circle by including visionSynergy in your will or estate plan. For more information, please contact Kärin Butler Primuth, visionSynergy CEO, at kprimuth@visionsynergy.net

Thank you for giving!

visionSynergy is a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) organization, a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), and a recipient of the Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency. Our donors include 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.

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06

Jul

3 Questions About Networks You Always Wanted to Ask

  • By Vision Synergy

Editor’s note: This was originally published on a blog by our friends, ChinaSource, on July 5, 2017.

Whether it’s outreach to Chinese studying abroad or equipping a new generation of Chinese Christians to serve cross-culturally, some tasks are simply too big for any one organization, no matter how well-run or well-resourced they may be. These efforts require a network of likeminded groups, all working from their respective strengths in pursuit of a common goal. Here Kärin Butler Primuth, CEO of visionSynergy, discusses the characteristics of high-impact networks.

1. Why, and when, are networks needed?

Networks are needed when organizations go after a God-sized goal that is larger than any one of them, but which aligns with the purpose of each one. It’s the purpose that keeps them moving in the same direction, working together toward that shared goal. What’s especially important is that the purpose is clear and compelling. It must be clear so each agency or person knows what they can contribute and potentially gain by participating. It must be compelling so people are motivated to invest their limited time and will keep investing in the face of challenges or limited progress.

2. Who makes the network happen?

Networks are all about the people in them. Ideally these should be the ones who are the most influential, most interested, and most involved in whatever sphere the network is working. But they know they cannot do it by themselves. The network provides a place to share information and explore potential collaboration. It facilitates their secure communication. The way people work together is vital to the success of any network.

To achieve this requires leaders who are competent, called, and committed to the shared goals, able to cross theological divides, and build consensus among people who may be very different. The qualities desired in network leadership are not the same as organizational leadership. Network leaders appreciate and creatively build on the gifts and vision of others rather than trying to control the process. They focus on what unites, rather than what divides, and work to build a culture of trust where all voices are heard and valued.

3. How do you get from vision to reality in a network?

The process transforms vision into action, generating activity by setting clear, limited goals that are achievable. It develops structures for planning and decision making, providing clear opportunities for involvement. It takes time to evaluate what’s happening and, finally, to celebrate progress. Each of these steps is necessary for the development of a healthy and effective network which, when empowered by God’s Spirit, can achieve far more than any individual or organization can accomplish on their own.

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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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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30

Aug

The Iron Chefs of Partnership

  • By Vision Synergy

 

Do you know the “Iron Chef” TV show?

This was a show that originally launched in Japan in the early 90’s and then had spin-offs in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Israel. In the show, there are master chefs in an outlandish “kitchen stadium” who compete to quickly create entire multi-course meals around a single theme ingredient, which is revealed to the chefs at the opening of the show. They make some pretty crazy dishes.

I want to use this illustration to explain one of the distinctives about the model of collaborative partnership we encourage in our training.

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