Mission Crossroads

SUM 2018

Mission Crossroads is a three-time-a-year magazine focused on worldwide work of the PC(USA). It offers news and feature stories about mission personnel, international partners and grassroots Presbyterians involved in God's mission in the world.

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Partnership as a 'way of life' for the church "… If anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him — we'll move right into the neighborhood!" – John 14:23–24 (e Message) e complexity of the contemporary world has made the word partnership not only an adjective to describe the way we interact with others but a concept that more closely identifies a way of life rather than possible ways of life. e secular world uses the concept of partnerships when developing projects, securing funding, expanding influence and achieving wider results. ese goals come mainly from the corporate world and respond to the needs of the global marketplace. e word partnership in a church setting has other implications that are much more substantial and foundational. e Gospel of John describes our love for Christ as "moving with him into the neighborhood." is is a Christian description of partnership as a way of life. Each of us must ask two basic questions when considering a partnership: What is partnership from a biblical and theological perspective? And how does this interpretation of partnership modify and model the way we develop projects, secure and collect financial support and define the type of influence and results we want to achieve? Depending on our responses, we will see the transformational impact of partnership in our churches as we move from a strategic alliance to a biblical-rooted partnership model. Maybe the best example to describe the difference between a partnership as an alliance and a partnership as a way of life is the difference between a business association and a marriage. In the business world the practical and beneficial reasons based in strategic circumstances are key to defining the level and scope of partnership. But a marriage can't be defined by practical and beneficial reasons. In a marriage you look for a partner you love, a partner who could be your friend, your supporter and companion. e mutual commitment in a marriage is to keep the love alive, nurturing the relationship every day. A marriage may fail if based on economic needs, prestige, influence and power, or just to please other family members or friends. For the church, a partnership is a way of life, like a marriage blessed by God to expand God's love to the world. It's time to begin to look at our partnerships in the church with new eyes. We need to find companions for the journey, not just financial supporters. We need partners who love not only what we do together in a particular place or circumstance, but those who love us and we love them with a love that keeps us together, nurtures our partnership and results in mutual impact of our Christian lives. In Christian partnership there are no divisions between beneficiaries and providers because our interaction makes us all beneficiaries and the equal participation makes us all providers. In the church, we do not create partnerships to help others but to learn from others, to grow with the example of others and to discover God's love for us when we love others. Let's practice Christian partnership; let's transform partnerships as a way of life! A T T H E C R O S S R O A D S | Jose Luis Casal, director of Presbyterian World Mission Mission Crossroads is a Presbyterian Mission Agency publication about God's mission around the world through the PC(USA) and our church partners. DIRECTOR OF WORLD MISSION Jose Luis Casal EDITOR Kathy Melvin CONTENT MANAGER Mienda Uriarte PROJECT MANAGER Tammy Warren ART DIRECTOR Mark omson COPY EDITORS Karen Bosc Jennifer Cash STAY CONNECTED To subscribe or change your mailing address, contact development.services@pcusa.org or call 800-728-7228. To request additional free copies of Mission Crossroads, email nicole.gerkins@pcusa.org or call 800-728-7228, ext. 5611. SUPPORT WORLD MISSION Give online/phone: pcusa.org/supportwm 800-728-7228 Mail checks, payable to PC(USA): Presbyterian World Mission P.O. Box 643700 Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 On the cover: Wooden crosses bend toward the light of peace at the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea. e inscription reads: "Glory, Spring of the Living Water, Peace." Photo by Kathy Melvin

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