Presentation on theme: "WHAT CAN PCEA OFFER? In order to understand what PCEA can offer, it is important to underline what church partnerships entail. The best foundation of."— Presentation transcript:
In order to understand what PCEA can offer, it is important to underline what church partnerships entail. The best foundation of any partnership is friendship that gradually progress to different levels. As that friendship evolves, it brings along some of the following four components: o sharing (spiritual and or temporal ideas) o communication (that is sharing formal and informal information) and visits. Such communication must be guided by respect and trust o support (moral and material). o discipline From the above, it is therefore obvious that silver and gold (material) are but one component of church partnerships. It is a means to an end rather than an end in itself. We therefore look at what PCEA can offer in line with the above components.
As indicated in the Best Practices brochure, Spiritual engagement must be the starting point. It involves enriching one another with: o prayers o sermons o spiritual literature and materials
Communication ensure friendships flourish as in them information is shared. This is done using all mediums available like face to face encounters, telephone calls, letters, emails, social media etc. Communication is very helpful particularly if there are activities that are ongoing for instance, a partnership project. Information about the same should be shared in a timely and factual way. Face to face visits can be expensive and time consuming but when opportunities arise, they must be maximized.
Moral support is required across all partnerships since all humans have emotional needs. Partners should always be there for one another in times of joy and in times of pain. As observed, the golden words of please, sorry, welcome and thank you impact on all of the human race. It is not always about tangible things as scriptures teach us (Amos 5:21-25; 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5) but about being there fore the other Material on the other hand is not about size of the gift of the giver but about the size of the giver of the gift; the size of the heart.
Since this partnership is about institutions, there is need to respect any existing structures and traditions. Each partner must communicate early to the other about the same. In our context, there should be proper coordination of mission work from a central point. This does not mean micro-management. Formulation of structured constitutions, covenants, memorandums of understanding and adherence to the same Institutionalization of all partnerships to check one man shows
From the above, it is hence clear that PCEA has components to offer in the absence of gold and silver. Just as Peter and John had something impactful to offer to the sick man (Acts 1:1-10), PCEA has its job well cut out.
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