Articles & Publications

Partnership: Operational Issues

Who Gets The Credit in Collaborative Efforts?

Reality Check It had already been a long day.  A dozen ministries were discussing their partnership to share Christ with young, aspiring Muslims in the region. Some agencies were large and their contribution to the partnership reflected their size.   There  were...

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Prayer, Evangelization and Kingdom Cooperation

Background/Context For many years, with colleagues around the world, I have worked to bring God's people into whole, collaborative relationships.  These initiatives have consistently sought to empower effective evangelization, development of national church planting...

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The Power of Partnership: Transformation & Hope

God comes to us in these days as a Father -- bringing His family access to freedom, reconciliation, salvation, and hope.  Hope not just for eternity but hope for a changed life, changed relationships, changed communities, changed society, and a changed witness -- now!...

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Why Not Partnership?

The Standard Excuses Concern over theological differences -- real or imagined. Fear of loss of organizational identity. The "we can do it alone" mentality. Pride/ego. Fear of other agencies intrusion on our turf. Fear of change -- never done it this way before. The...

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16 Key Partnership Principles

Effective partnerships are built on trust, openness, and mutual concern. Partnerships are more than coordination, planning, strategies, and tactics. The heart of the Gospel is restored in relationships. Effective partnerships are built on trust, openness, and mutual...

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Operational Issues – Structure

This article is part of a series on major issues that leaders may encounter in the lifecycle of mission networks and partnerships. This article outlines various types of structures depending on the complexity and level of member involvement necessary to achieve your...

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Operational Issues: Formation Follow Up

This article is part of a series on major issues that leaders may encounter in the life cycle of mission networks and partnerships. This article highlights what to do after the Formation meeting. Imagine that your Partnership has been launched. The group of people who...

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有效的国度配搭——八项重要原则

有效的配搭 ( Effective collaboration, EC)是一个强有力的、共同拥有的异象。 该异象必须清楚地陈明具体的果效,至少在某种程度上是客观上可评估的。暧昧不清和一团和气是不够的。 清楚地陈述异象和可评估的果效,这是计划、策略、方法、实施及成功的基础。 有效的配搭首先关注“什么”(即异象和果效),而不是如何(架构)。要达到什么特定的目标是绝对必要的,架构决不能比此目标更为重要。 有效的配搭 具有有限的、可完成的目标。 在配搭的初期很少或不会经历“成功”,或者也没有达到目标所需要的步骤。...

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Network Values: How You Do What You Do

The way we work together in networks or partnerships is as important as what we do.  Jesus defining word to us in John 17:21-23 reflects His commitment to restored relationships.  Our networks or partnerships are wonderful opportunities to demonstrate the love and...

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Partnership: The Special Challenge of Cities

Core Idea The migration of world population into the cities is creating unprecedented challenges for planners, governments, educators, sociologists, and business -- not to mention the impact on individual lives, families, and communities of all sorts.  Cities are the...

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Operational Issues: Funding

This article covers the issue of funding and outlines 4 major categories of costs in typical partnerships as well as a 5-step process for developing a funding strategy. All mission networks and partnerships need resources to accomplish their shared goals. In many...

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Collaboration’s Key Role: The Facilitator

Collaborative partnerships/networks do not spontaneously come to life. Neither do they continue to function effectively all by themselves. It takes tremendous dedication not only to launch a collaborative initiative, but even more so to lead one. When a collaborative...

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Operational Issues: Facilitators

Part of a series on major issues that leaders may encounter in the life cycle of mission networks, this article explores the vital role and skills of the network facilitator.   Collaborative partnerships do not spontaneously form on their own. Neither do they run...

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Operational Issues: Communications

This article is part of a series on major issues that leaders may encounter in the lifecycle of mission networks and partnerships. This article highlights the importance of communication to four key groups of stakeholders in every partnership.   Effective...

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Operational Issues: Change

This article is part of a series on major issues that leaders may encounter in the life cycle of mission networks and partnerships. This article looks at how to manage change in the network or partnership context.   Operational Issues In Partnerships: Change We...

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Operational Issues: Working Groups

This article is part of a series on major issues that leaders may encounter in the lifecycle of mission networks and partnerships. This article discusses how to organize for action and see tangible progress towards your agreed upon goals using working groups.  ...

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A Survey of Kingdom Collaboration

What’s the Challenge? All cultures have both idealized and realized values. These values represent the way things ought to be and the way they really are. Near the top of the list of Christian idealized values is the vision Jesus gives His followers in John...

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