Friday, June 12, 2009
I am going to finally start my partnership series. I know you just cannot wait. Smile.
I feel that "partnership" needs a definition. It is a well used term. It may not be used as much as "missional" but I do hear "I want to partner with you" quite a lot.
What does “partnership” mean?
Is it like saying – “hello, how are you doing?”
When someone asks me that question do they really want to hear how I am doing? Do they really want me to stop and tell them if it is anything more than – “I am fine”.
That is the trouble with overused terms or phrases. They can lose their meaning.
So a quick google search on the word “partnership” and here is what I found.
A Partnership -
* the members of a business venture created by contract
* a cooperative relationship between people or groups who agree to share responsibility for achieving some specific goal; "effective language learning is a partnership between school, teacher and student"; "the action teams worked in partnership with the government"
* a contract between two or more persons who agree to pool talent and money and share profits or losses
In missions how do we use the word “partnership”?
What do we really mean?
What does this mean coming from missionaries or mission organizations?
What do churches and organizations who want to partner with the field mean when they say “we want to partner” with you?
I would love to hear your thoughts.