Go Have a Cup of Coffee – The foundations of productive partnership in mission

MISSION TO 2 BILLION + CHILDREN NEEDS PARTNERSHIP TO BE TRULY EFFECTIVE – IT STARTS WITH ‘A CUP OF COFFEE’ (TOGETHER)

The most effective way to reach children is through the witness of the local church. But the local church will need to work in partnership with others in many areas if it is to be truly effective.We will often partner with others to create resources, undertake training, advocate for children with church and government and take part in compassion projects.

We can enter these partnerships with idealism about the results without thinking clearly about the foundations that will ensure the projects have a long life and good fruit. As you think about partnerships in your nation the following guidelines may help you establish a firm foundation.

PARTNERSHIP FOUNDATIONS

Relational

Michael, a friend of ours, has shared with us a helpful insight about partnering with others. ‘Recently, I have been enjoying a new kind of partnering in my city and nation, called Relational Partnering. The foundation of the partnering is relationship, as opposed to projects, events or Issues.’ Here, God is our first Relational Partner. In Jn.14:15, Jesus said, “If you love me you will obey what I command.”

Jesus encourages us to love one another. In Jn.13:34 He says, “… As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Further, in – Mt.18:20, He promised His presence when we come together – “Where two or three of you come together in my name there am I with them.”

In 1 Corinthians 12 we’re reminded that we’re a body though we’re unique and diverse in function. Strong relationships, honest trust and a commitment to long term friendship is the basis for seeing good things happen.  Jesus started with a diverse group of fishermen and tax collectors and discipled them into the greatest world-changers that ever existed.

Sacrifice & Servanthood
“Those of us who are strong … strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” (Romans 15:1,2 The Message)

In response to the vision of Nehemiah, the perfume-makers, the priests and the goldsmiths, to name a few, made sacrifices to serve the greater need – working together to build a wall.  Today, it is the ‘least of these’, the children of our world, who urgently need a ‘wall’ to protect them from injustice, inequality, inaction and insecurity.  And they need more than walls – they need people who will journey with them, build them up, help them make sense of life and faith, so that they can grow as disciples of Jesus and know the ‘life to the full’ that Jesus spoke about.

Humility
A word that our world shies away from, but a word that Jesus embraced and lived out.  In Philippians 2: 1-18 we are encouraged to have the same attitude as Jesus who, even though He was God, never sought for influence or equality but instead became a humble servant.

He traded the highest place for the lowest place. He didn’t complain, argue, blame, or boast, but instead was pure, sacrificial, and servant-hearted. As we seek the Lord’s heart together, as we dream, plan, and execute, let’s ask Him to build into us these same characteristics that He modelled this so well for us. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” (Philippians 2: 3-4 NIV) Let us ask God to help us help one another and not only think about our own areas of need or expertise. May we work as His Body and the family of God that we are.

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2 thoughts on “Go Have a Cup of Coffee – The foundations of productive partnership in mission

  1. I appreciated the concept of “togetherness” that was presented in this article. I believe that the way Christ chooses to reach the world is when His children are coming together for His work around the world. I also enjoyed how it provided three different aspects of togetherness. I especially found the last one about humility to be convicting. Just as it was pointed out, Jesus Himself was humbled to the point of death for the sake of redeeming the world. We too need to recognize and know how deep His love is for so we can continually be transformed into His image. As He changes us, we will be able to effectively join together in reaching the 2.2 billion children across the globe.

  2. I appreciate and liked the concept of serving together in servant hood and humility. We are all to work together and look out for the weaker ones. Servant hood requires everyone to work together for the common goal. Everyone working as team. so much more can be accomplish as a team. As a team the church could reach so many more children. Servant hood requires humility, to keep the focus on how we can better serve together to helping to reach the children

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