COMING SOON! PQDT Open is getting a new home!

ProQuest Open Access Dissertations & Theses will remain freely available as part of a new and enhanced search experience at

Questions? Please refer to this FAQ.

Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Partnering towards sustainable movements for Scripture engagement and language development
by van Riezen, Karsten, D.Miss., Biola University, 2015, 210; 3738411
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Supplemental Files

Some files may require a special program or browser plug-in. More Information

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Steffen, Tom
Commitee: Hayward, Douglas, McMahan, Alan
School: Biola University
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
Publication Number: 3738411
ISBN: 978-1-339-28752-2
Copyright © 2021 ProQuest LLC. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Cookie Policy