Under development for more than two years, The Beauty of Partnership is a missional learning journey for followers of Christ and “average church members” — to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for healthy cross-cultural partnerships.
Designed and edited by Werner Mischke, this 210-page study guide is more than a book with good information and concepts. It leads individuals and small groups on an interactive journey to discover how they can be successful in cross-cultural relationships and partnerships.
The Beauty of Partnership is appropriate for believers engaged in cooperative alliances—between local churches/ministries in the West and their counterparts in the Majority World. It is a learning journey designed for believers to experience “in community.”
The research for The Beauty of Partnership was completed in 2008 as part of a four-credit independent study course which Werner Mischke did at Phoenix Seminary under Dr. Malcolm Hartnell. The design and editing for the study was largely done in 2009 and 2010.
Built on the principles of adult learning theory (inductive / input / implementation / integration), the study has three inter-related areas: godly character, cultural intelligence, and organizational competence. Suitable for a 6-week study for small groups, mission committees, frequent mission trip goers, and others engaged in cross-cultural partnership ministry, the 8-1/2 x 11 book is one-third study guide, and two-thirds readings.
The readings are all part of a guided study, and users develop their own conclusions, spiritual insights, and applications based on the Bible studies, readings, reflections, and practices.
Expert authors included in the readings of The Beauty of Partnership Study Guide are Alex Araujo, Stephen M. R. Covey, Duane Elmer, Jon Lewis, Mary Lederleitner, Bryant Myers, Brooks Peterson, and Daniel Rickett.