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Rules of Partnership - Part 1 of 3


Did you know there are rules for the way churches and missionaries should work together? In this three-part series on the Rules of Partnership, we will explore what it takes to establish and maintain a thriving, strategic partnership between churches and missionaries. Our rules will help us take our partnership and relationship to the next level. These partnerships go beyond the financial support and put churches and missionaries working hand in hand together on reaching all nations.

The first in our three-part series is communication. No relationship can thrive without regular, good, intentional communication. Partnerships must stay up to date, keep team members informed about progress, encouraging the team as they work to keep good momentum on the vision and goals of the partnership.

Missionaries and churches have equal responsibility to maintain the communication, both sides offering both consistency and encouragement to the progress and development. Our avenues of technology have advanced the “how” of communication, leaving very little excuses.

Communication must be:

  • Regular

- Schedule weekly check-ins

- Include both sides in team meetings or staff meetings

- Evaluate vision, progress and goals

  • Personal

Try talking about life outside of ministry. Building the personal side of your partnership and your relationship will strengthen what you do have and ensure the life of the partnership and relationship even beyond ministry.

  • Honest

Sharing beyond the physical needs for ministry is vital. Allowing each side to know how you feel, your struggles, difficulties and true thoughts gets down to the real nitty-gritty of partnerships. Emotional health is a large factor for missionary attrition, and the faster churches can recognize the best way they can help, will ensure longer relationships with greater impacts.

Churches, as you increase the communication and honesty with your missionary partners it is imperative for you to understand their sharing with you is in confidence and if they share they had a bad day that doesn’t mean they have a moral sin in their life. THEY ARE HUMAN JUST LIKE PASTORS… they need to vent, cry and fuss just like the rest of us. Maybe your church needs to add missionary care to the ways you support your missionaries. Giving missionaries additional support through counselors, retreats, coaching, returning missionary support and much more.

Recently at one of our Partnership Development Trainings for missionaries we heard a very real statement from one of our missionaries.

“They (church) don’t understand us and we will be judged if we say that!”

This is a harsh reality, where missionaries have to guard their words and feelings because they are afraid they will be judged, and ultimately loose funding from their supporting churches and individual supporters. Missionaries, like pastors and other leaders, live under a microscope with little to no outlet to find truth and encouragement.

Missionaries, as you increase your communication with your churches, think beyond the newsletter and prayer needs. Get personal. Share what’s going on with your family and community. Share the hard stuff you don’t think anyone wants to hear, or people will judge you about, and then share your fear of sharing. Don’t forget to ask your churches about them too – they have things that they want and need to share that is hard for them too.

Take time right now to evaluate and consider the ways you communicate with your churches and missionaries. Our communication could drastically change the relationship you have, allowing you to go deeper in understanding each other and also the way you can work hand in hand together accomplishing our global command to make disciples of all nations.

If you would like help with your strategic partnerships and your communication, please contact H2T to set up your free DNA consultation today.

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Recently I heard the word “proximity” and it has stuck in my head. The word surfaces and unusual times and places. I can’t seem to shake it… so I embraced it! I began doing a bit of digging and really just began asking God why this word was always before me. So, at one of those unusual time, 3:00 am God woke me up, with the word “proximity” and “Ephesians 2” on my mind.

Ephesians 2 is a great before and after picture of salvation. This chapter shows who we were before Christ…filthy, dead sinners who had no place for Christ. Then we jump forward to the after part…peace because of His presence, a new image in Him, ready to walk out this relationship. This change doesn’t just happen because we want it to happen. This change comes about because of Christ’s gift of salvation towards us. Christ’s proximity towards us changed. He moved closer to us, He gave to us and he offered a solution to our need. We were distant, verse 12 calls us aliens and strangers without hope. But, through the presence and moving of the Holy Spirit we are now in a great standing relationship with Him that has changed our whole outcome.

Christ, through his death on the cross gave us the presence and power of the Holy Spirit which gave us access to the perfect relationship with God. Here are a few things this chapter tells us we received:

- Gives us life and a new image

- Give us opportunity to sit with God in His glory

- Gives us gifts and talents

- Brought us near to God

- Removed the “rules” of the Law and imparted grace

- Gives us a firm foundation to stand on.

I love the power of proximity shown here in this chapter and the simple idea of moving closer to someone can change them. When the Holy Spirit comes in to our lives he completely changes the entire situation. When we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us we no longer focus on us, but we allow our focus and our foundation to be in and on Christ and walking out the good works He prepared for us. He didn’t just let it stop with allowing us to “be” with Him. But because we are with him we have a purpose to live out.

What would happen if we constantly moved closer to people and their needs?

Because Jesus moved closer to us in our time of need we were forever changed. The same is true when we move closer to those in need (whether they know they are in need or not). We have the ability to impact and change someone, for the good, by being there with them and for them.

We must recognize that Satan does a great job of keeping believers divided. The ways he does this are endless, and always changing. One of the ways is to keep a distance between churches and their missionaries. This is not just physical distance between them, but the emotion, and spiritual connections we need in community and relationships.

Let’s take a look back at the benefits we saw of Christ’s proximity and the parallel idea between churches and missionaries.

- Proximity gives new meaning to life, removes loneliness and adds encouragement

- Proximity gives spiritual, emotional and physical strength and encouragement

- Proximity brings added resources to the ministry

- Proximity breaks the traditional roles of church and missionary and adds genuine relationships without fear

- Proximity changes the relationship from just a financial commitment to a strengthened partnership

Distance does not determine our proximity. When churches and missionaries are working in proximity with each other imagine the power and impact the two can have.

Our proximity has power. Our proximity has the ability to drastically change the outcome of a situation. Our proximity has the ability to change us.

How will you implement the Proximity Model in your daily life or in your church’s relationship with your missionaries?

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10 Advantages of Church Partnerships


The founders of H2T worked in South Africa for the last quarter of 2016 while Missionaries Bob and Joanna Graham were back in the states. They experienced first hand the pressures and burdens of doing Missions on foreign soil with less than desired and needed help from anyone back home. This opportunity was a great reminder for the ministry and brought greater focus to our CHURCH PARTNERSHIPS.

Church Partnerships is a new way of “Doing Missions” that connects the Missionary more closely to the resources (people) in the supporting churches. It changes the “Sending” dynamic to more of a “Partnership” role. The results greatly benefit both the work of the Missionary in the field as well as the church back home.

Here are our top 10 reasons why you should be in partnerships with your churches and with your missionaries

10. Establishes better Long Term Relationships between Missionaries and Churches

9. Builds Teamwork in churches who become personally engaged in life of Missionary

8. Promotes sharing of life events of the Church and Mission family via social media

7. Provides for continual evaluation of Missionaries needs Emotionally, Physically,

Psychologically, and Spiritually

6. Offers constant interaction between Church Members and Missionary

5. Enables Church to better meet Needs of their Missionaries

4. Promotes a continuous excitement in life of church as Missions happens

3. Provides ministry example and service opportunity via work with Missionaries

2. Encourages a healthy Prayer Ministry in the church for the Missionary Families

1. It shows the Love of God and fulfills the Great Commision

Funding of Mission work is certainly a must, but there is so much more that needs to happen and can happen through Church Partnership development.

Wayne Dinsbeer

Church Partnership Lead

If you are intersted in learning more about being in partnership with your missionaries, or with your supporting churches, please contact H2T today for more information.

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By the time you read this blog, I’m literally going to ask you that question again…THINK ABOUT IT.

As an organization, Here2There supports churches and missionaries to increase the amount of participation given (for churches) and the amount of personal support utilized in the field (missionaries). As we continue to develop ways we can increase and improve these methods, I find myself reading some interesting – some not so interesting – books on strategy and executing strategy. My current read, “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” has introduced me to the world of Lead and Lag measures. In short:

- Lead Measure: What you do to reach your goal

- Lag Measure: what you use to see you’ve reached your goal

As I began to dig more into these details, I began to see this as a valuable concept we as individuals need to apply to our lives when we think about impacting the Kingdom of God. Typically, when we set goals we set vague goals with no real plan in place to reach the goal.

  • I want to share Christ with more people

This is a great, and needed goal, but it is lacking some details that will help us put it into motion.

  • How many people is more?
  • When is your targeted goal?
  • Where am I going to meet these people?

I want to share Christ with 5 people by December 31st.

As churches, we often say we are “missions- minded” or “missions-oriented” but what does that truly mean? Are we constantly thinking of ways that we can better support, partner and encourage our missionaries and ministry partners? Have we created a way for more of our church to be personally involved and connected with our missionaries? Have we found specific needs of our missionaries and connected them with the people in the church who can address that?

We, myself included, get caught up in the goal (lag measure) and often let the “how” slip me by. We forget to see the daily, weekly, monthly changes we need to make that will ensure that we reach our goals. (lead measure)

  • Daily – memorize more scripture, and pray by name for people who need Christ
  • Weekly – spend two hours at my local coffee shop to meet new people and talk to five people about their relationship with Christ.
  • Monthly – Invite 2 new people to join me at the coffee shop to help engage in conversation with others.

We cannot stand there idolizing the goal, we must think about it, on a daily, weekly, monthly basis and ask, “what do I need to do or change to reach my goal?”.

Church, don’t let your goal of partnership, or increased support stop there. THINK ABOUT IT…what do you need to do daily, weekly, monthly to reach the goal or partnership. How can you utilize your weekly gatherings to challenge your people to get involved and make SPECIFIC, TARGETED, INTENTIAL steps towards the big goal?

We’re all familiar with the old adage, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” To tackle our big goals we’ve got to actually decide what bite and when am I going to take it. Being intentional and specific will help us reach the goals we’ve set out to accomplish.

SO, THINK ABOUT IT… what do you need to do TODAY, THIS WEEK, THIS MONTH to engage your entire church in supporting (with themselves – not just money) the missionaries and ministries we partner with?

Do you need help with clarifying your goals and vision for your missions focus? Allow H2T to join you in creating a strategic plan for total involvement of your church for missions. CONTACT US NOW

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Save Money by Sending


It is very obvious the flow of the church has changed. At one point the idea ‘if we build it they will come’ was very effective. People came because of conviction or culture or tradition and were simply just coming to the church on their own. But that system – and those reasons- is no longer effective. People are no longer coming to church just because.

Because of that change, churches have worked to make their services and ministries attractive and seeker-sensitive and by all means do whatever it takes to get people to church. But, what if we flipped the switch and started sending out people more than we tried to attract people. What if we begin to equip individuals in our churches, who are already there, and want to be there, to effectively go into their regular daily places and be just as impactful as the large programs or attractive ideas that we create would hope to accomplish.

Let's cut out a step – and cut our budgets- in the process that we are trying to create. Instead of attracting them (spending money), trying to connect with them on our turf and then hoping they come back for more. Why don't we just reach out and build relationships directly, that are more genuine and intentional and build from there.

Relational lines are the best way to connect, share and hopefully bring someone to Christ. Being intentional in our personal relationships, is far greater than trying to create an environment where relationships can possibly be created. We already have relationships with our neighbors, with our coworkers, with our children's T-ball coaches and families. Let's capitalize on the relationships we already have, be intentional about those, and pour out our resources into those areas where we already spend our time.

So, let's take the time, effort and resources we have been putting into our programs and attractive pieces and begin equipping and training our church members how to talk about Christ in the workplace. How to share the gospel through their personal stories, how to include people in there serving opportunities.

Discipleship starts when we begin to turn heads towards Christ,

not just when one has a full conversion experience.

Having an equipping and training model in your church is key for sending out- not only professional missionaries that can work full-time but also individual day to day people who live a missional lifestyle. We are all called to go, we are all required to make disciples, we are all on the same expectations of sharing Christ.

So, how are you equipping your church to go into their workplace? How are you equipping your church to go into their neighborhood? How are you equipping in your church to make connections in their already existing relationships?

Here2There would love to help you be intentional and create an equipping and multiplying environment. CONTACT US NOW to evaluate your current equipping model, and establish a sending model with those who already GO out daily.


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Who Needs Who


So often when we look at the Church/Missionary relationship I think we see the missionary as more in need of the church. However, as I was thinking about this recently I’m not so sure that this is truly the case. Yes it is true that our missionaries are mostly financially dependent on their church partners but as Here 2 There has been thinking more and more about the relationship between the two parties and the state of our churches today I’ve come to a certain realization: I believe that our churches need their missionaries, at the very least, as much as the missionaries need their churches.

When I look at the state of our churches right now I’m unsatisfied with what many of us are doing. It appears, and this certainly doesn’t apply to every church, that we are being much more inward focused than we should. Jesus, in the great commission, told us to make disciples in all nations. Are we impacting the whole world or are we paying others to it for us? Do we define our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost and are we His witnesses in those areas? I’ve not been to every church all over the world but I’d be willing to bet that for the vast majority of us the answer would be no. I think The Church is stagnant and happy to just move along in our comfortable services and do church inside our church buildings and pay others to do the real hard work.

So, with that being said, in order for the church to take up the mantle of Christ and really impact the world we need our missionaries to help re-energize our congregations. If missionaries are the ones on the front lines going out and battling in unknown lands and dealing with situations we have a hard time understanding then we need them to allow us to share with them their struggles, their pains and most of all their joys and wins for the gospel. I believe that this is how we wake up the church. If missionaries can understand how badly the church needs them and what they can do to pull our churches up out of this comfortable, stale, non-God-honoring flatline then I don’t see any way that the vibrancy of Christ’s church become the light of the world that this generation so badly needs.

The bottom line is this. I believe we will experience God in the most powerful way if we get out and serve others especially if we dare do to it in another culture. There is no way that we will allow God to show up in our comfortable lives the way we will need him to if we step out of that comfort and onto faith. As churches, we need to challenge our members to be more proactive about using the gifts and talents God has given us. As missionaries, The church needs us to show them how they can help fulfill the visions that God is giving us around the world.

Bryan Nicholson

Church leader allow Here2There to assist you in creating a strategic plan to better partner with your missionaries. Missionary let Here2There help you ask for more from your church partners. CONTACT US NOW

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…and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 1:8