Bearing Fruit


Day 13: Partner with Others in Your Community

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If you want to go fast, go alone. 
If you want to go far, go together.
African Proverb

Dr. Chris Marantika is well known for his Vision 1:1:1 in Indonesia - 1 Church in every 1 Village in 1 Generation (1975-2015). The key to this strategy has been the 3 P's of Partnership:
  • Pray Together
  • Pay Together
  • Proclaim Together
He suggests that "should such a plan be implemented in every nation of the world, then the task of world evangelization is not an impossible one." Just imagine the impact on your circle of accountability if Christians partnered together to visibly display and proclaim the gospel of Jesus.
  Consider ways to partner together with others to "be Jesus" to those who live around you. Find where God is already working in your neighborhood and join Him. Identify needs outside of your church and seek to meet those needs with the love of Jesus. Work together with the whole Body of Christ to bring the love of Jesus to your community.

In 2006, Leadership Network conducted a survey on churches partnering together in community service. The primary ways of collaboration included:
  • Food programs
  • Emergency assistance (providing food, clothing, or short-term financial assistance)
  • Child and youth programs (tutoring, youth sports, etc)
  • Housing programs (Habitat for Humanity, homeless shelter work)
  • Prison ministry
  • Medical and dental programs
  • Immigrant ministries
  • Special one-day project work
Why partner?

1. To build kingdom unity with other ministries and churches.
2. So the world may believe in Jesus (John 17:21).

For more ideas on partnering - read The Externally Focused Church or The Externally Focused Quest.

Discover ways to partner together!
  • Pray and ask God to show you ways to partner in your community
  • Read article 99 Innovations to expand your thinking.
  • Commit yourself to obey anything the Spirit is leading you to do!

Day 13 Missional Challenge: Partner together with others in your community to visibly display and proclaim the gospel!

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