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Mutually supporting

One of the core values we hold as World Team global workers is interdependence. On our website, we describe interdependence in this way:  “Interdependence is evident in our conscious desire to embrace partnerships with others who share our passion for the unreached. It is lived out in our teams, networks of national church associations, and sending churches and individuals who make up the broader World Team family.”

That may be good missiological speak, but it doesn’t necessarily tell us what interdependence might look like in our lives and ministries. I kind of like thinking about interdependence as being mutually supportive of one another. It’s about being intentional in working together across team and agency lines.  In some respects, “it’s about all believers everywhere being united together and needing each other.”

Maybe a practical example would help.

The office where I currently work came about through just such mutual support or dependency.  During our first few years in France, I met Pierre (a European sent worker) who was 20150113_140056involved in a church plant near the city.  From our first conversation, I knew we were driven by the same passion.  We met a number of times and had deep conversations about reaching the community here with the Gospel.  One day, Pierre called.  He said that he had heard I was in need of an administrator.  He had someone to send my way.  It was someone from his church who had greatly helped him with the organization and structure of their church plant as it got off the ground.  That is how I met Olivier.  Olivier worked for me for about five years.  During that time, he introduced me to Jean Marc who owns his own business.  We had lunch with Jean Marc numerous times over the past number of years.  Last May, Jean Marc called and said that he had heard I was looking for an office.  He had one to rent to me.

A few things stand out as I look back over this timeline of mutual support:

  • ‘Mutually supportive’ workers were not afraid to share with others resources they had.
  • ‘Mutually supportive’ workers keep their ‘spiritual ears’ open to the needs of others and how they might be able to respond to those needs.
  • ‘Mutually supportive’ workers build networks or bridges between like minded workers

2 Responses

  1. I appreciate this line of conversation related to our value of interdependence, and I’ve been wrestling lately with how to live out partnerships well in our ministry context. It seems to me that we are at a time of global interdependence where so many workers are coming without an org or a partner, and yet once they arrive to the field, they keenly feel the need for one. How could WT be a catalyst for helping some of those folks by partnering in unique ways on the ground – ways that benefit the larger community of CP workers globally? Such like-minded workers could help us stay creative & open-minded, while we share resources, experiences, and coaching. Just a thought…but one that needs to be explored further…and soon.

  2. Jeannie, you are right on the mark! What you highlighted is a trend that all of us are experiencing. We are working on a such a ‘covenant’ that would allow us to work in partnership with individuals and workers that come out without an org, without losing our identity and vision.

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