Here are some of the ideas that people have shared (by no means all of them) about building stronger relationships:
NOTE: These were some of the initial brainstorming ideas. There will be more consolidated ideas/action steps coming out of the final discussions. Hopefully the conference will release those in some way to benefit others who could not attend.
1. Create Listening and Learning Opportunities
- Exchange visits for listening, prayer, learning and family time, not just tasks.
- Schedule days of listening, repentance and forgiveness for GN /GS failures
- Select couples with relational skills to dedicate to long term relationship building
- Share perspectives on N/S topics with internet video in many languages
- Add peer review process by local voices for GN publications about GS issues
- Use varied national church contexts for orientation and training of staff and visitors
- Teach culturally appropriate ways to listen, dialog and partner to new missionaries
- Invite GS leaders to help design pre-field and on field training for short-term and long-term teams.
- Invite leaders from GS nations to visit and train organizations in the GN
3. Support Majority World Missions Movements
- Ask global partners for 1-2 ways to assist them in their own missions mobilization
- Create business as mission jobs for GS workers in restricted access contents
4. Demonstrate Partnership Vision and Competency at all Levels
- Set up partnership training for all levels from board to field personnel to partners
- Establish partnership criteria/expectations for key levels of organizational operation
- Work on clear, mutually sensitive agreements, policies, MOU’s, and contracts
5. Internationalize Leadership
- Populate teams and networks with GS/GN people who are reaching the world together.
- Expect GS/GN people to participate in decision making councils and advisory boards.
- Place GS individual as co-leader of the organization – regionally or internationally
- Involve GS people in the recruiting process for their regions by GN organizations
6. Engage Boards in GN/GS Issues
- Boards should meet internationally
- Set objective of 50/50 balance for boards between GN/GS
- Require board members to travel overseas at least once a year to see ministry in context
7. Create Culturally Sensitive Funding Patterns
- Encourage GS leaders to nominate priority initiatives and projects for funding
- Clarify benefits and culturally wise methods of funding GS missions movements
- Redesign funding structures to work flexibly with GS partners in accountable ways.