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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Mission Crossroads 17 One of the fundamental characteristics of Presbyterians is the understanding of the connectional nature of the church, not only among governing bodies, but also in the international arena. Guided by the 214th General Assembly (2002) partnership policy statement (paraphrased version at pcusa.org/partnership), World Mission assists PC(USA) groups in establishing partnerships with global partner churches, institutions and organizations in 70 countries around the world. ese partnerships are often facilitated by PC(USA) mission co-workers. World Mission's new international partnership manual, "Called as Partners: Serving Together in God's Mission," includes discernment tools for identifying a mission partner, tips for writing a partnership covenant or agreement and advice for maintaining a mission partnership. e following is an excerpt from the new manual: Creating a Partnership Covenant or Agreement Together After you and a potential mission partner have become acquainted through exchanges of communication, information and, perhaps, visits, one next step may be to consider creating a partnership agreement or covenant. Most partnerships are created for a three- to five-year period and are often renewed for subsequent periods. It is vital that both partners have equal input into the creation of the agreement. A meaningful covenant is created or co-authored in a process that is based upon dialogue, mutual consideration and cooperation. e covenant should also include a commitment to a plan for regular evaluation of the partnership. If the agreement is written originally in English, it would also be helpful to have the agreement translated into the partner's native language. Consider having an initial agreement drafted in the partner's language, then translated into English (rather than assuming that English should come first). e purpose of this agreement or covenant is to clearly define your joint intentions and expectations for the partnership; the needs and gifts of each; the ministries and ministry activities you covenant to undertake together within the partnership; the resources that will be provided by each; and how you will communicate, make decisions and evaluate together how the relationship is going. It should be broad enough to allow room for the Holy Spirit to provide new opportunities during the life of the covenant, but specific enough that expectations are clear on both sides. To learn more about partnership or to connect with World Mission staff, contact Stephanie Caudill, mission associate for Equipping for Mission Involvement, at 800-728-7228, ext. 5279, or stephanie.caudill@pcusa.org. You may also visit pcusa.org/missionpartnership for more resources, including a PDF version of the new manual. • Faith statement (shared beliefs and values) • Purpose of the partnership (consider needs and gifts of each) • Mutual expectations, including a plan for regular evaluation of the partnership • Duration of the agreement • Brief outline of preliminary contacts that led to the covenant agreement (history of the relationship) • Ministries and activities you agree to undertake together • Expectations for the sharing of resources (people, money, etc.) • Agreements about the financial component of the relationship (if any) CALLED AS PARTNERS: Serving Together in God's Mission Elements of an effective partnership covenant: M I S S I O N T O O L K I T | Stephanie Caudill

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