Partnership or Sponsorship?
I have written before about how I believe we need a new paradigm for doing missions—especially for how we finance it. Recently I read this quote and it raised several questions for me:
Although we in North America talk much about partnership, in reality we’re talking about sponsorship.*
- What is the difference between partnership and sponsorship?
- What difference does the difference make?
- Which term more accurately describes the way we currently do missions?
- Is one better than the other?
- Is one right and the other wrong?
- What would biblical partnership look like in the realm of missions?
- What would “partnership development” look like in each paradigm?
- How do each of them affect missionary attrition?
I want to dig into these questions, and I want your input. We are falling behind in reaching the unreached, partly because we are using an ineffective strategy, and partly because attrition is gutting our harvest force.
This will be the first of a series on the topic, and I hope you join in the discussion. Buckle your seatbelt!
*Ron Blue, quoted in The Sending Church Defined, by Zach Bradley, p. 112