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OMSC Pastors Luncheon. MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE WORLD CHURCH Ajith Fernando. MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD. DONOR-RECEIVER DISTINCTION IS BROKEN. MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD. What the Global South Can Offer

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Omsc pastors luncheon
OMSC Pastors Luncheon

MISSION PARTNERSHIP

IN A DIVIDED WORLD

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

WITHIN THE WORLD CHURCH

Ajith Fernando


Mission partnership in a divided world
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

DONOR-RECEIVER DISTINCTION IS BROKEN


Mission partnership in a divided world1
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

  • What the Global South Can Offer

  • Belief in the Supernatural

  • The vibrancy of simple trust in God

  • The power of earnest prayer


Mission partnership in a divided world2
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

  • What the Global South Can Offer

  • The beauty of simplicity

  • The beauty of long-term commitment

  • The beauty of respect for the aged/ parents

  • The beauty of inefficient lingering with each other


Mission partnership in a divided world3
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

  • What the Global South Can Offer

  • A theology of suffering

  • How is strength made perfect in weakness

  • The importance of objective truth (not reacting to the tyranny of modernism)


Mission partnership in a divided world4
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

  • What the Global South Can Offer

  • An unapologetic affirmation of the uniqueness of Christ

  • Integration—we are generalists who cannot afford specialists


Mission partnership in a divided world5
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

  • What the Global South Can Offer

  • Theology from a church in springtime (to counteract the consumerism of a church in retreat)


Mission partnership in a divided world6
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

What the Western World Can Offer

  • Missionary legacy—they died for our salvation

  • Availability of qualified leaders


Mission partnership in a divided world7
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

What the Western World Can Offer

  • Technical scholarship and specialisation

  • Pragmatism and results orientation

  • Value of work


Mission partnership in a divided world8
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

What the Western World Can Offer

  • Planning and goal setting

  • Honest facing up to reality; principles of integrity

  • Dignity of the individual—equality and equal opportunity


Mission partnership in a divided world9
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

What the Western World Can Offer

  • Openness to let youth take responsibility

  • Funds and other resources


Mission partnership in a divided world10
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

RESPONDING TO NEED FROM THE HEART NOT THE HEAD


Mission partnership in a divided world11
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

NEED FOR RESPONSIBLE

INVOLVEMENT BY “DONOR”


Mission partnership in a divided world12
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

POLITENESS IS RELUCTANT TO

REJECT OFFERS OF HELP


Mission partnership in a divided world13
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

BOLD PIONEER SPIRIT CAN

RESULT IN COMPETITION


Mission partnership in a divided world14
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

A GENERATION UNFRIENDLYTO BODY THEOLOGY


Mission partnership in a divided world15
MISSION PARTNERSHIP IN A DIVIDED WORLD

  • PARTNERSHIP REQUIRES

  • SPIRITUAL FELLOWSHIP

  • Especially in relational cultures

  • More than contracts



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