Partnering in missions has moved from collaboration between a western and a southern agency to a much more complex dynamic between multiple agencies. The aimed-for impact has grown from the goal of merely getting a certain task done to initiating a movement. In the world of Bible translation, it is recognized that broad-based, multilateral partnerships can be fruitful, but not much is known about how to organize and run them. This grounded-theory, qualitative study documents what participating leaders and other stakeholders of such partnerships find important and presents a model for structuring successful partnerships.
The researcher has conducted guided interviews with 28 stakeholders of 3 broad-based partnerships in South Asia. The stakeholders represent a mix of national leaders of missions and churches, expatriate leaders and staff, and representatives of resourcing agencies. The partnerships studied have in common that they each have SIL International as a partner and aim, to varying degrees, for a movement in Scripture engagement and language development in their respective country or region.
Through the analysis of data, 5 features for effective partnering emerged from the research: (a) a clear and appealing vision, (b) joint decision-making, (c) tangible progress-marking, (d) deep relationship-fostering, and (e) the supporting of different levels of engagement. These levels occur along a continuum from a high level of engagement to a low level of engagement with the labels collaboration, coordination, and communication. Based on these critical features, the author developed a model called the 3C Model for Broad-Based Partnering.
The grounded theory generated as a result of this research states that, if mission leaders involved in Scripture engagement and language development incorporate the 5 above-mentioned partnering features in their partnership practices, it is more likely that such partnerships will generate a movement. The writer suggests that the 3C Model for Broad-Based Partnerships presented in this research is an appropriate model to structure and run partnerships that aim for a broad impact.
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|Commitee:||Hayward, Douglas, McMahan, Alan|
|Department:||Cook School of Intercultural Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, Management, Theology|
|Keywords:||Cross-cultural, Intercultural, Movements, Partnering, Partnership, Scripture engagement|
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