“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”
(1 Corinthians 12:26-27, NRSV)
“Theologically I have brothers and sisters whom I have never met…but we are one in our Lord Jesus Christ and I know that they are upholding us with their prayer, with their love, with their caring concern, even now…Because of this theological fact of the nature of the Church we express our oneness in all kinds of ways – in our prayers for one another, in making up what is lacking in the resources of another church, and so on.”
(Archbishop Desmond Tutu - 1982)
What does it mean to be “one in our Lord Jesus” with another church? What does it mean to rejoice together and to suffer together with other people from other cultures? Through the International Church Partnership programs (ICP), we believe a way of experiencing this oneness is to be connected together through life changing partnerships.
What can these partnerships look like? How can they change lives – and whose lives do they change?
- Helping churches in our partner countries to share the Gospel in culturally appropriate ways;
- Training ministry leaders;
- Praying for each other regularly;
- Helping with the maintenance of key buildings where training and worship can take place;
- Being present with each other and learning from one another; and by
- Supporting churches in our partner countries through finances, prayer, presence and encouragement.
We can see through these suggestions that not only are the lives of our international partners changed, but so are our lives as we support them, as we help to give them the opportunity to be the body of Christ in their setting by “making up what is lacking” in their resources.
Church to church partnerships through ICP are opportunities for churches to adopt particular projects through partnering with other churches, knowing that they will make a real and ongoing difference to the mission and ministry of our partners.
Each project is directed to strengthening the ongoing development of the churches of your partner in global mission. There are a variety of projects to engage with - some larger in size and some smaller.
Each project can be adopted in part or in full. ICP will provide you with reports as to how the project is being implemented and a detailed information sheet about the project you support in the context of deepening relationship with another church.
We invite you to place the needs of our partners as a priority and consider a church-to-church partnership. For more information contact the Partnership Coordinator in your state.
- Discovering Zimbabwe
- Fiji Reflections
- Learning on Many Levels (India)
- Lucinda and Sarita in Vietnam
- May's Mission (Vanuatu)
Read more about Partner Discovery Visits here.