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.