The Covenant – Description and Pledge
Please read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 and discuss the following:
The purpose of an In Mission Together (IMT) partnership is to develop a healthy relationship between brothers and sisters in Christ across cultures through God’s grace that is transformative and inspirational.
The IMT program equips, facilitates, and resources you and your church in developing a collaborative partnership, which builds strong relationships over the long term and enables you to share in the historic mission work of the United Methodist Church.
The goal of the IMT program is to have honest and open interaction with your partner, carefully listening to one another as equal parts of the body of Christ. It’s a sacred covenant to support one another and participate equally and proportionally – 50/50 – in a ministry or project.
The goal of each partnership is to work toward the establishment of a self-sustaining United Methodist Church with holistic ministries empowering people in their context, community, and country.
Partners set aside their own agendas and create a collective vision for the ministry or project together. As with any relationship, each participant brings God-given gifts, whether spiritual, physical, or mental, tangible or intangible, which will be honored and appreciated equally – 50/50 – in the covenant agreement.
This roundtable of listeners and learners embarks on a journey with a vision for the mission as a whole with God’s help focusing not simply on the task at hand, but on the more significant impact of building strong relationships, empowering local people to improve their lives and develop their church.
We pledge not to do for the other what they can do for themselves. We gladly serve each other as Christ has served us, with humility, love, and encouragement, building a strong foundation for the ministry together.
We create mutual accountability and transparency through patiently engaging one another. We will be flexible and adaptable, enabling both partners to span language and culture through God’s guidance.
All parties involved participate equally. All are leaders called by God to nurture the church in their community. Everyone’s skills and resources should be utilized instead of assuming that only certain groups can make meaningful contributions. All partners are sharing in the blessing of a job well done together!
See www.inmissiontogether.org for more information and resources related to the 50/50 Partnership Covenant.