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THE “WHY,” “HOW” AND “WHO” OF PARTNERSHIP IN CHRISTIAN MISSIONS Enoch Wan & Kevin P. Penman Published in “Featured Article” April 1, 2010. INTRODUCTION Due to factors, such as globalization, rapid socio-cultural changes, increasing  challenges to missions in limited access contexts, etc., Christian individuals and  institutions are to have a biblical understanding of what it means to be brothers and  sisters in the family of God. Hopefully, such understand will lead to partnership to fulfill  God’s Great Commission by sharing resources and collaborative efforts. The purpose of  this brief study is to examine the “why,” “how” and “who” of partnership for Christian  missions. The topic of partnerships in Christian missions is fairly new, so the quantity of Christian materials available was limited. The main source of research came from Phil Butler and others from within the Interdev organization tradition, which focused solely on the issue of creating partnerships for world evangelization. Luis Bush from the “AD 2000 and Beyond” movement wrote a classic work called Partnering in Ministry . The Lausanne movement, the World Evangelical Alliance, and the Evangelical Missiological Society produced books and topical papers dealing with specific aspects of partnership in Christian missions. Clarification and definition of several key-terms are in order at the beginning of  this study: 1
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Missio Dei  is God’s mission, that is, God’s self-revelation as the One who loves the world, God’s involvement in and with the world, the nature and  activity of God, which embraces both the church and the world, and in  which the church is privileged to participate.  Missio Dei  enunciates the  good news that God is a God-for-people.” 1   The terms “ Mission”  and  “the Purpose of God”  in this study are being  used interchangeably and defined as the  missio Dei,  God’s mission in all  its fullness for the salvation of mankind.  Missions:  The expansion of the kingdom of God by the Body of Christ  through various means and methods in collaboration with the Triune God  to accomplish the  missio Dei Missiology  is the science of missions. It  includes the formal study of the theology of mission, the history of  missions, the concomitant t philosophies of mission and their strategic  implementation in given cultural settings.”  2 Partnership: The unique opportunities in working with the Triune God and the Body of Christ to accomplish the missio Dei under the power and direction of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Spring '14
  • AntonioBaez
  • The Bible, The Land, Qualitative Research, Trinity, Missionary, world evangelization

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