Healthy cross-cultural partnerships—a witness to the world


Healthy cross-cultural partnerships are attractive because we live in such a fractured world. Healthy cross-cultural partnerships glorify God because He delights when the Body of Christ functions in unity. The unity of the Body gives witness of the incarnation of Jesus Christ to a watching world . . . “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:21).

Many within the church are watching—along with many who are outside of the church—to see how well the exceedingly diverse communities of the global church can effectively work together.

  • In relation to the church, you work in a cooperative rather than antagonistic way—so Christ’s hope and vision of unity from John 17:21 can be more fully realized. You relate in a manner of respect and dignity with other mission agencies and churches which are engaged in global missions, even those which might approach the task in different ways.
  • In relation to the world, you practice partnership as a biblical apologetic. Jesus prayed, “that they may all be one... so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” Accordingly, your practice of healthy cross-cultural partnership is a vivid witness to the world of the transforming grace of Jesus Christ.

In a world marked by sectarian violence, ethnic strife, and enormous inequities, this witness of unity offers a compelling confirmation to those within the church and a compelling hope to those without—that Jesus Christ is Lord.

NOTE: The text above is taken in part from the document “COSIM: Questions & Answers,” for which the author of this blog was a principal author.

3 comments so far:

Football is the only sport where the head coach gets to negotiate their slaray. Districts tie the campus Athletic Director and head football coaching duties together to justified the large salaries. This is a discriminatory practice considering women will never be able to serve in the capacity as campus athletic director because they would never be hired as a head football coach in Texas. Coaches of other sports put in just as many hours, they have to teach academic courses, and they are paid according to the district teaching slaray schedule plus the allotted stipend for the designated sport. Shouldnt Coach Bennett, the head volleyball coach at Westlake make just as much money as Coach Allman, the head football coachhe doesnt. The head football coach does not teach any academic courses and on some campuses, neither does the offensive/defensive coordinators. People keep making the argument that football brings in all kinds of money well, a lot of money is spent on football. With football, newly hired coaches are released from current contacts, for the spring, to begin preparations for their new coaching positions. People hold their tongue about the discriminatory practices and inequities when it comes to football in texas, compared to the other sports, because campus athletic directors, i.e. head football coaches, do the hiring and speaking out would be professional suicidewinning in any sport is good for the community; dont lump football coaches with other coaches because they are given preferential treatment and catered toit is a shame that more people arent outraged.

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