Partnership (English) / Katuwang (Tagalog)
def.) the state of being a partner – having shared priorities, interests, and efforts
At Mercy Hill Church we believe that the mission of God is to make disciples. We want to see as many people as possible experience the sin-cleansing, shame-removing, life-changing, world-altering power of the Gospel. We exist to share this news and our lives with those who live and work in our communities and around the world. We desire to be a culturally engaged, church-planting church that seeks to see the Gospel spread locally and globally.
As a central feature to help us fulfill our desire to help make disciples globally, we want to develop partnerships with like-minded churches as God leads. The first of these is with New Century Church (NCC) in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
Why a partnership with New Century Church?
- History. The Sturms have been ministering in various ways with NCC since 1998. This brings a natural, well-established relationship of trust and mutual support.
- Shared Priorities. NCC and MHC both prioritize bringing the Gospel to those in their communities in culturally appropriate ways. We both have lessons to teach each other on how we can be faithful to this priority.
- Shared Interests. NCC and MHC both have a strong interest to see new churches planted at the community level. NCC is in the final year of their goal to see seven mission sites started from the original church. MHC has and can continue to learn much about starting new churches from NCC.
- Shared Efforts. We envision MHC joining with NCC in the effort to get the Gospel out to her communities. In addition, NCC has requested help in establishing and training her mission leaders.
What will this partnership look like initially?
We have a modest budget to seed this partnership for FY2014-15. Our goal is to walk slowly into the partnership, making sure we are doing what is helpful for both churches. Most importantly, we have started and will increasingly weave NCC into our prayer – personally and corporately. Of the specific options that the NCC leaders gave us, we will be considering supporting the following initiatives…
- A Christmas gift to help bless the pastors and mission workers who receive no compensation for their faithful labor.
- A special project to support the Child Development ministry at NCC’s Kay-Anlog Mission Church.
- We may decide to send one or two of our leaders over to help train NCC leaders as they begin to develop their International Academy of Integral Ministry training center.
Please be praying for God’s will in this new Kingdom Partnership!