1. Healthy cross-cultural partnerships are centered in Jesus Christ and his mission. Healthy cross-cultural partnerships glorify God … are attractive because we live in such a fractured world … and are cost-effective.
2. There is a continuing major trend toward cross-cultural partnership in the work of Christian world missions.
3. Many thousands of local churches are doing short-term mission trips and cross-cultural partnerships without the benefit of training in cross-cultural or partnership ministry.
4. When Christians engage in cross-cultural partnerships without the benefit of learning from those who are partnership experts, it often results in misunderstanding, conflict, and significant wasted money and resources. This is a big problem in Christian world missions and can be remedied.
5. Learning from a variety of experts is vital to gain a broad perspective.
6. Healthy cross-cultural partnerships are the result of developing godly character, cultural intelligence, and organizational competence— among all partners.
7. Healthy cross-cultural partnership ministry is not exclusive to certain Christian agency professionals. Almost any adult follower of Jesus Christ can learn how to engage in healthy cross-cultural partnerships.
8. Learning to engage in healthy cross-cultural partnerships benefits spiritual formation (becoming like Christ), and contributes to the health of one’s relationships generally.
9. Most adults learn by doing; people grow and have genuine behavior change through being on a journey with others—“learning in community.”
10. While Mission ONE still has much to learn, we believe we can provide significant value to others engaging in cross-cultural partnerships.
1. That the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the verbally inspired and inerrant Word of God, and that they are the final authority in faith and conduct.
2. In one God, the Creator of all things and man; eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3. In the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal, imminent return.
4. That man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby brought upon himself not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God: and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach the age of moral responsibility, are sinners before God in thought, word, and deed.
5. That for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
6. That all who by grace through faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, are born again of the Holy Spirit; and thereby become children of God.
7. In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling and empowering, the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
8. In the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
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.”