Ethos

Partnership is a network of individuals, self-governing churches and other organisations, with a strong commitment to:

  • The centrality of Christ and the cross
  • Scripture
  • Spiritual vitality, in congregations and in their individual members
  • Open-hearted co-operation with all committed Christians and local churches
  • Evangelism at home and abroad
  • Action and outreach to benefit our local communities
  • Conversion, believer’s baptism and regular communion
  • Plural leadership
  • Wide use of the spiritual gifts and abilities of every member of the congregation

We believe, biblically, churches should be:

  • flexible and culturally-adaptable
  • committed to outward-looking, culturally-relevant evangelism
  • non-hierarchical, emphasising gift rather than office
  • encouraging heart devotion with practical results
  • seeing every member as of equal value though different in gifts and skills
  • promoting individual initiative in fellowship with others
  • embracing all who believe in and wish to serve Christ.

Values

Key to Partnership are:

  • trust in the Lord of the Church
  • commitment to
    • evangelism and the growth of churches
    • vibrant spiritual life in churches and individuals
    • the unity of the Church and a non-denominational approach
    • care for the churches
  • friendship based on trust and networking
  • sound, reliable advice
  • respect for the rights of local church leaderships to reach their own decisions in their own way, offering advice and support but allowing for diversity and creativity.
  • not duplicating the work of other bodies serving the same local churches, but encouraging them in their ministry, co-ordinating  our efforts with theirs, co-operating with them,  and spotting gaps which should be filled by us or others, whether separately or in strategic alliances.

Strategy

We use an interlocking set of strategic means, including:

  • encouraging locally-led area networking, between local churches, leadership teams, staff workers, and active members
  • networking and co-operating with other bodies which support this group of churches
  • training and developing leaders and future leaders
  • advising and counselling leaderships, staff workers and churches
  • publishing books, pamphlets, magazines, newsletters, and study guides 

We need the active involvement, support and financial help of local churches, individuals and other organisations to achieve these aims.

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