I’m in Lombard, Illinois (near Chicago) for the 2010 COSIM conference, which starts tonight. The Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries is a fellowship of evangelical organizations and churches with a common interest in the support and strengthening of majority-world ministries. COSIM’s mission is to expand the understanding and practice of healthy partnership with indigenous ministries for the advance of the gospel.
It has been a huge privilege for me to serve the last five years on the COSIM steering committee. I feel so grateful today for the way that God has enriched my life—and helped the ministry of Mission ONE—through our involvement with COSIM. The Beauty of Partnership exists today in large measure because of the influence of the amazing people I’ve had the pleasure of serving with through COSIM. Thank you, Lord.
This year’s theme is “Becoming Better Partners in the Global Village.” We do not expect a huge turnout—50 to 60 leaders will attend. However, I think the quality of the plenary sessions and workshops will be as high as ever. Plus, the time together for leaders involved in cross-cultural partnerships is just so valuable.
For those of us involved in the partnership missions movement … we all need encouragement … we all need new knowledge to deepend our underdstanding … we all can improve our ministry skills. That’s what COSIM is about. This verse sums it up for me:
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every work and word.” –2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 (ESV)