Features & benefits

The Beauty of Partnership equips individuals and small groups for healthy cross-cultural partnership ministry, and is …

Centered in Jesus Christ and God’s eternal Word:

BENEFIT: Each set of lessons incorporates an inductive Bible study from the New Testament. Throughout The Beauty of Partnership study, learners reflect on the life of Jesus and the experience of the Early Church. Several readings also give compelling insights into cross-cultural partnership ministry using the example of Jesus. The Beauty of Partnership is a discipleship-oriented study that helps believers grow in their relationship to Jesus Christ.

Based on proven-effective methods:

BENEFIT: There’s no need to reinvent the wheel! This study will save you precious time, money and energy. It will help spare you and church family of needless headaches and misunderstandings that are inevitable when entering into cross-cultural partnerships. It’ll give you confidence in building a cross-cultural partnership because you will have done your “due diligence.”

Ideal for a small group study—with a free built-in leader guide in every book—and a FREE DVD with every order

BENEFIT: While individuals can do this study themselves, The Beauty of Partnership is best when done with others. There’s nothing like learning with friends and growing together in a shared journey. Research has proven time and again that people learn the most when others provide encouragement and accountability. The last two pages contain an easy-to-follow leader guide for facilitating group studies.

And there’s a FREE Discussion Guide DVD with every order, which makes it even easier to conduct a small-group study. No need for Internet access; just put the DVD into a DVD player and you and your group are ready to go. Click here to learn more about the free Discussion Guide DVD.

An integrated online study with free online videos and other resources:

BENEFIT: Short video introductions by Werner Mischke, along with supplementary videos by Bob Schindler and others helps learners know what to expect in each lesson series to create a sense of continuity and momentum. The videos also help convey intangible issues by the stories told by Bob and Werner. Other free resources are also available at The Beauty of Partnership website.

Produced by Mission ONE, a member of COSIM:

BENEFIT: Mission ONE has been facilitating healthy cross-cultural partnership with indigenous ministries for about 20 years, and has become a leader the partnership missions movement. This gives you confidence that you are learning not from novices but from seasoned leaders.

BENEFIT: Mission ONE has had a leadership role with COSIM—Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries—for more than five years. Werner Mischke has served as chairman or co-chairman for this fellowship, and it has afforded him the privilege of serving with and learning from some of the foremost practitioners in Christian partnership missions. This has contributed significantly to the development of The Beauty of Partnership.

A learning journey with readings from a variety of partnership experts and practitioners:

BENEFIT: As you go through The Beauty of Partnership, you’ll be exposed to a variety of top-tier authors and mission practitioners. You’ll move toward a rock-solid confidence in your approach to the cross-cultural partnership ministry with which you are involved.

Not just new about knowledge, but also new skills and attitudes:

BENEFIT: Many mission courses and theological studies are focused on new knowledge. The Beauty of Partnership DOES provide new knowledge, but in addition (and this is crucial!), there’s an added emphasis on skills and attitudes. For example, the entire second set of lessons is focused on the skill of empathic listening“hearing with your heart”—so vital for healthy cross-cultural ministry.

A study that can lead your team to a paradigm-shift — by understanding the metaphor of powerboat/sailboat:

BENEFIT: The powerboat / sailboat metaphor has been developed over the past few years by mission leaders (primarily Alex Araujo of Partners International, and Dr. Roger Parrott of Belhaven College / Lausanne) as a powerful, Scripture-based, word picture that helps us think in a fresh way about doing Christian ministry in our modern world. This word picture, or metaphor, is so easy to grasp, and yet so challenging to the status quo. The paradigm has been adopted by several mission agencies that are grappling with how to best partner in the global church. The Beauty of Partnership makes this paradigm available to the “average church member” in an easy-to-understand learning journey and puts you and your team “on the cutting edge” of missions thinking and practice.

Designed on the basis of adult learning theory:

BENEFIT: Werner Mischke did the research for The Beauty of Partnership as part of a four-credit independent study class at Phoenix Seminary. Included in his research was “adult learning theory,” and two books by Jane Vella proved to be highly influential. The result is that The Beauty of Partnership follows a four-part design: 1) inductive, 2) input, 3) implementation, 4) integration. The benefit is that the study is carefully designed to involve students in the learning process, and specifically honors what they already know. Learners gain unique insights through guided reflections. Plus, they develop their own “personal summary” at the end of each of the six sets of lessons. The intent is to have a truly behavior-changing learning experience that focuses as much on skills and attitudes as on knowledge.


Erin Anderson, International Field Visits Specialist, Compassion International

“As a former missionary kid and current cross-cultural ministry employee, I found The Beauty of Partnership Study Guide to be both insightful and challenging. I would highly recommend it not only for those planning on doing short term missions work, but also for those who are already serving in cross-cultural ministry. It stresses the need for a mutual understanding from both sides of partnership and features a variety of great excerpts from current literature on the surrounding topics.”