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ISBN: 9781783681082
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 11
Publication Date: 30/03/2017
Pages: 208
Series: Global Perspectives Series
Language: English

Partnership Theology in Creative Access Regions


Strategic partnerships are on the rise around the world as denominations, organizations, local churches and individuals seek ways to work together to accomplish the Great Commission. In this book Dr Kenneth Shreve presents research from a creative access region, identifying five theological issues that impact partnership in Christian missions as well as exploring how partners interact with those theological issues.

Partnerships in mission are grounded in relationships, relationships that flow from the Trinity and are manifested in the purpose of God, the body of Christ, the gifts of the Spirit, and the church. Through this book the body of Christ will be encouraged to strengthen cooperation and collaboration in the accomplishment of the Great Commission, and achieve far more in partnership than could be done in isolation.

Author Bios

Kenneth Shreve

KENNETH SHREVE has lived and served in the Middle East, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula since 1986. He holds an MDiv from Denver Seminary and a Doctor of Intercultural Studies from Western Seminary. He has been significantly involved in both regional and international partnerships for over twenty years. Kenneth continues to serve as a consultant to churches and mission organizations on partnership and ministry in the Arab world. He is a pastor at large with evangelical churches and preaches regularly both inside and outside the Arab world. Kenneth and his wife have two grown children.


The readers of this book are informed that partnership is not just a trendy approach in Christian mission; it is biblically based, theologically sound, contextually feasible in CARs and practically advisable elsewhere.

Dr Enoch Wan
Research Professor of Intercultural Studies
Director, Doctor of Intercultural Studies Program,
Western Seminary

A theological understanding is essential regarding the why and how of partnership’s role in releasing Christ’s redemptive work in the world today. This work is a must read for any serious church or mission leader.

Phill Butler
Author and Senior Advisor,

Table of Contents

  1. Abstract
  2. List of Charts and Tables
  3. Abbreviations
  4. 1 Background Study
    1. Introduction
    2. The Researcher
    3. Statement of the Problem
    4. Purpose of the Study
    5. Research Questions
    6. Significance of the Study
    7. Delimitations
    8. Limitations
    9. Assumptions
    10. Definitions
    11. Summary
  5. 2 Literature Review
    1. Introduction
    2. Theoretical Background
    3. Thematic Background
    4. Methodological Background
    5. Summary and Research Direction
  6. 3 Research Design and Methodology
    1. Introduction
    2. Archival Method
    3. Survey Method
    4. Summary
  7. 4 Partnership and the Trinity
    1. Introduction
    2. The Trinity: An Overview
    3. The Trinity: Unity and Relationship
    4. The Trinity: Diversity in Roles
    5. The Trinity: Together in Action
    6. Summary and Reflection
  8. 5 Partnership and the Purpose of God
    1. Introduction
    2. God’s Overall Purpose
    3. God’s Purpose in the Old Testament
    4. God’s Purpose in the New Testament
    5. Summary and Reflection
  9. 6 Partnership and the Body of Christ
    1. Introduction
    2. The Body of Christ and the Trinity
    3. The Body of Christ: Metaphors
    4. The Body of Christ: Principles
    5. The Body of Christ: Interpersonal Relationships
    6. The Body of Christ: Working Together
    7. Summary and Reflection
  10. 7 Partnership and the Gifts of the Spirit
    1. Introduction
    2. The Gifts: Based in the Trinity
    3. The Gifts and Grace
    4. The Gifts: A List
    5. The Gifts: Their Purpose
    6. The Gifts: Their Scope
    7. Summary and Reflection
  11. 8 Partnership and the Church
    1. Introduction
    2. The Church and the Trinity
    3. The Church: Definition of Ekklesia
    4. The Church: Forms of Ekklesia
    5. The Church: Local versus Universal Debate
    6. The Church in All Its Forms in the CAR
    7. The Church: A Practical Example
    8. Summary and Reflection.
  12. 9 Survey Results and Analysis
    1. Introduction
    2. Survey Overview
    3. Tables of Response Scores
    4. Demographic Information
    5. Open-Ended Questions
    6. Summary
  13. 10 Conclusions and Recommendations
    1. Introduction
    2. Conclusions
    3. Recommendations for Future Studies
  14. Appendix: CARN Survey
  15. Bibliography

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