Supporting Mission Partners
You or your church may have all sorts of connections with the wider global Church family and fostering good relationships with any mission partners you have is important for both them and yourselves.
One of the simplist things you could do is to ask your mission partners what sort of support they need and make sure that your support is not simply 'transactional' (where you're just giving money). People grow in their own understanding of faith and the world when they experience relationship with the global Church. You need partners as much as they need you!
So what can you do?
There are lots of mission agencies who have some great ideas for ways to support mission partners. We've found a few here:
- 101 things to do to support your mission partners from Mission Support Network SYZYGY
- Supporting mission partners from Global Connections
But my church doesn't have any Mission Partners...
Find some! Partnering with people in mission, whether that's just down the road or in another continent is a really helpful way of understanding our place in the family of God. And it doesn't have to be just about money... Financial support is really important but committing to pray for people and standing with them as they serve God can also be such an encouragement.
There are lots of ways to make links with churches and mission partners. Your church could partner with a church in Bolivia or Malawi and commit to praying for them or raising money to support mission initiatives. Or you could become a link church with an organisation like Church Mission Society. There are lots of others too like Christian Aid or Tearfund.