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The Church & The World


One of my areas of oversight here at Quest has been the Global Presence ministry.  As we have sought to form partnerships, care well for our missions folks, and discern how to involve our little church in the world, a theology of Global Presence has emerged.  As I continue to share, educate, and invite collaboration with the church, I’ll share my presentation for you to peruse, and learn with us what it means to develop your own theology of engagment. Enjoy. Critique. Comment.

If you want to see the pretty, pretty slideshow (minus our missions partners for sensitivity reasons), here’s a link: http://tinyurl.com/owqbwn

Developing a Theology of Global Presence

Developmental Stages:

  • Education and Discernment
  • Know Yourself
  • Know Your Social Location
  • Take Action

Education and Discernment: What Questions Should You Ask?

WHY do we support Global Presence work?

  • Biblical Mandate
    • Matthew 25

WHO are you called to partner with?

  • Region of the world
  • People group
  • Cause
    • Human Trafficking
    • Extreme Poverty
    • Education

WHAT types of ministries will you partner with?

  • Development work
  • Evangelism

HOW will you partner with these ministries?

  • Financial Partnership
  • Time and skills partnership

What does authentic partnership look like, and how do you find partners?

In the words of Harper McConnell, before you support an organization:

1. Research where the executive directors and staff members have worked previously and how that may influence their prescriptions.
2. Evaluate how much they incorporate the local voice where they’re advocating.
3. Read criticisms of the organization.
4. Determine whether they are too focused on attracting celebrities to their cause.
5. Be sure they approach the issue from a historical perspective, addressing the root problem.
6. Look at their budget and how they spend their money.

7. What is their history—have they demonstrated sustainability?

Authentic Partnership:

  • Builds personal relationships
  • Benefits both parties
  • Builds local capacity
  • Is Long-term and Sustainable
  • Is directed by mutual relationship
  • Honors people and culture
  • Recognizes God at work in the situation
  • Takes time and personal investment!

Authentic Partnership Is NOT:

  • Lacking any personal relationship
  • Cultivating a culture of dependency
  • A ‘hand-out’ dynamic – only about $ or resources
  • Judgmental of culture and lifestyle
  • Short-term
  • Directed by one party
  • Viewing the ‘helper’ as having a superior faith or spirituality
  • Only done at the convenience of the party in power

Know Yourself:

  • What are your interests and passions?
  • What are your skills and talents?
  • How much time, energy and resources do you have to devote to a partnership?
  • What type of calling is God placing on your heart?

Know Your Social Location:

  • What is your culture?
  • What is your ethnic background?
  • What language(s) do you speak?
  • What is your socioeconomic level on a global scale?
  • What is your educational background?
  • As you research global partnerships, what about the daily lives of your partners seems ‘normal’ to you?  What does not?

Take Action!

Formulate Your Own Theology/Philosophy of Global Presence

  • Take into account
    • Time and Resources
    • Personal Calling
    • Social Location
    • Opportunities for Partnership
  • Get Involved!
    • Join Others on the Journey
    • Plan for Sustainability
    • Never Stop Learning!


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wife, partner, daughter, and sister. traveler on the journey of faith. rage against the machiner. sometimes pastor.


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