Saturday, September 27, 2008

Moving Forward - Ideas Presented

This conference has been very colaborative. There have been some great efforts to collect ideas, bring together input and create consensus. One of the things I am most impressed about is the effort to create concrete steps for how to build powerful Global North (GN)/ Global South (GS) relationships.

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

2. Require Cultural Training on the Field with Local Partners
  • 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.

1 comment:

ttatlow said...

Great idea list Jon. One of my team members mentioned that many of the GS partners do not think it helpful when GN form their own mobilization/ sending agencies in GS countries. This was a real wake-up call for our team.

Tom