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Aims and guidelines for Partnerships

The struture of a church partnership and its aims are clearly described in the guidelines. Each Church gives guidelines, but each Partnership at parish or church district level needs to develop its own guidelines in accordance to their understanding of the relationship.

 

In generally you can some important elements of Partnership:

the five elements of partnership 

Whoever wants to can learn what is partnership. I believe that five elements are important:

MUTUAL RESPONSIBILITY – both partners should pledge themselves to common convictions, methods and aims.    EQUALITY – both partners should regard each other at least theoretically as equals.  HONESTY – both partners should deal with each other in a transparent way and not follow hidden aims.     MUTUALITY - both partners should not only feel themselves as responsible to their own community but also to that of their partner.      OPENNESS – both partners should carry out their conflicts with each other in the form of a transparent dialogue.

(Dr. Kunchala Rajaratnam, India 1994)

 

The essence of being church is to be a community. People belong to this community who are far away and live in a very different context. All Christians and Churches are through the cross and the resurrection of Christ members of one body. This worldwide community is spiritual and needs an effective form.

In a declaration to partnerships from a conference in Basel in 2002 it was said:

It is important to be open and truthful to each other, to take time for each other, to share with each other the experience of faith and life and in this way truly to encounter each other. Christian community leads us to being there for each other in the presence of God in prayers and intercessions and in our mutual actions in the world.