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ISBN: 9781783689316
Imprint: Langham Monographs
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 26
Publication Date: 14/04/2015
Pages: 500
Language: English

Mission Partnership in Creative Tension

An Analysis of Relationships within the Evangelical Missions Movement with Special Reference to Peru and Britain from 1987-2006


Samuel Cueva has refined his concept of ‘partnership in mission’ by advocating the use of reciprocal contextual collaboration in this important contribution to scholarly reflection on contemporary missiology. Referencing historical, theological and functional aspects of how mission has been carried out, as well as analyzing its impact on the evangelical movement, the author identifies that mission always develops with positive and negative tensions. Emphasizing an understanding of current missions which include traditional, networking and emergent models, and how they can be combined, interconnected and interchanged, the author proposes a fresh model that ensures the suitability for every mission context.

Author Bios

Samuel Cueva

SAMUEL CUEVA holds a PhD in Theology from Trinity Saint David, University of Wales and an MA in Mission Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK. Samuel was born in the highlands of Peru and is the ninth of ten siblings. His father Juan was the founder of the first indigenous mission society in Peru in 1946, and from childhood Samuel has been directly influenced by Latin American mission theology thanks to his father. He has worked as a missionary in Spain and in the United Kingdom for more than twenty years. Samuel is married to Noemi and they have two children.


This book is a helpful tool for missiological studies as it explores the concept of partnership in Christian missionary practice and missiological reflection . . . Samuel Cueva’s proposal of new partnerships in creative tension is an expression of the missionary dynamism that has developed in the majority world.

Samuel Escobar
Founding member of the Latin American Theological Fellowship,
Professor of Mission at the Facultad Protestante de Teología UEBE

I thoroughly commend this new addition to creative thinking about the theory and practice of mission partnerships in a world of increasing international collaboration in the task of making known the good news about Jesus Christ.

Andrew Kirk, PhD
Mission theologian, Educator and Author

This masterful work by Samuel Cueva is a scholarly, in-depth treatment on the topic of global mission partnerships that continues to be of great importance and relevance the more the world globalizes and the church evangelizes.

Marvin J. Newell, Dr. Miss
Senior Vice President,

Dr Samuel Cueva takes a robust approach to questions relating to the so- called ‘older’ and ‘younger’ churches in their relationship to each other in mission, and genuine global South-North partnerships. Writing from his personal experience as a Peruvian evangelical missionary in Britain for many years, Cueva makes practical suggestions on how to overcome the historical inequalities, and his rich study combines theory and praxis in a fresh and insightful way.

Allan H. Anderson, DTh
Professor of Mission and Pentecostal Studies,
University of Birmingham

Living in a world of endless domination, Sam Cueva has opened a needed conversation for a renewed sense of partnership in mission today. As a writer from the Majority World, Sam brings a fresh look at the issue of partnership with new lenses. is is a resource worth reading and sharing with mission leaders and organizations. Its reading is a must!

Wilmer Villacorta, PhD
Faculty member at School of Intercultural Studies,
Fuller Theological Seminary

Samuel Cueva is a thinker, an astute student of culture, and observer of missiological models. Now, as a Latin American living in Western Europe, Samuel Cueva is in a unique position to offer valuable insights in his new book Mission Partnership in Creative Tension. I love the phrase “creative tension”! We need this.

Je Adams, PhD
Senior Pastor of Graceway Church,
Kansas City

It is a privilege and a blessing to be in a mission partnership with Samuel Cueva – and a little bit scary too! Because, as this book shows, here is a clear and informed mind married to a passion for mission, in a man who wants us to create new and more biblical patterns to reach and change our world. I find the church-to-church paradigm Samuel explores to be powerful and persuasive, and my prayer is that other churches will find the blessing in partnership we have come to know.

Chris Green
Vicar, St James,
Muswell Hill, London

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Abbreviations
  3. Abstract
  4. Introduction
    1. Justification for the research topic
    2. The research problem
    3. Research question
    4. Hypothesis
    5. Secondary questions
    6. Field of study
    7. Scope
    8. Limitations
    9. Methodology
    10. Sources
      1. Primary sources
      2. Secondary sources
    11. Structure of the study
  5. Chapter 1
    1. Partnership in Historical Perspective
      1. The meaning of perspective in mission partnership
      2. Historical, theological and missiological origins and roots of the evangelical movement in Latin America
      3. An ecumenical understanding of partnership: Edinburgh 1910 to Whitby 1947
        1. Edinburgh 1910
        2. Jerusalem 1928
        3. Tambaran 1938
        4. Whitby 1947
      4. An evangelical understanding of mission partnership: from Lausanne 1974 to Amsterdam 2000
        1. Lausanne 1974
        2. Pattaya 1980
        3. Manila 1989
        4. Amsterdam 2000
      5. A Latin American understanding of partnership – CLADE I 1970–IV 2000
      6. Towards a definition of partnership in mission
      7. A new definition: reciprocal contextual collaboration in Christian mission
  6. Chapter 2
    1. Partnership in Mission and its Theology
      1. Introduction
      2. Partnership and the missio Dei
      3. Partnership and God’s kingdom
      4. Partnership and God’s church
      5. A Trinitarian theology of partnership
      6. A christological theology of partnership
      7. A missiological understanding of partnership in Paul’s theology
        1. Preparing servant leadership for mission partnership
        2. Helping one another in mission partnership
        3. Participation of the church in mission partnership
        4. God’s glory and mission partnership
      8. Partnership as a tool of establishing the basileia
      9. Conclusion
  7. Chapter 3
    1. Current Models of Partnership in Mission: an Analysis of their Main Characteristics, Policies and Impact on the Evangelical Movement
      1. Introduction
      2. The traditional model
        1. Historical, theological and missiological characteristics
        2. Policies of the traditional model
        3. Impact of the traditional model
        4. New trends in the traditional model
      3. The innovative networking model
        1. Historical, theological and missiological characteristics
        2. Policies of the networking model
        3. Impact of the networking model
      4. The emergent model
        1. Historical, theological and missiological characteristics
        2. Policies of the emergent model
        3. Impact of the emergent model
      5. Conclusion
  8. Chapter 4
    1. Current Issues of Partnership in Mission
      1. Introduction
      2. Theological issues of contextual partnership
        1. First presupposition
        2. Second presupposition
      3. Missiological issues of contemporary partnership
        1. Third presupposition
      4. Ecclesiological issues in partnership
      5. Sociological and cultural issues of partnership
      6. Economic issues in partnership
        1. Fourth presupposition
      7. Relational issues in partnership
        1. Fifth presupposition
      8. Conclusion
  9. Chapter 5
    1. Case Studies of Three Models of Partnership
      1. Introduction
      2. Latin link case study
        1. Historical origins
        2. The mission context
        3. Analysis of mission development
        4. Conclusion with an evaluation of positive and negative tensions
      3. COMIBAM case study
        1. Historical origins
        2. The mission context
        3. Analysis of mission development
        4. Conclusion with an evaluation of positive and negative tensions
      4. St James Church, Muswell Hill, London case study
        1. The historical origin
        2. The mission context
        3. Analysis of mission development
        4. Conclusion with an evaluation of positive and negative tensions
  10. Chapter 6
    1. A Novel Innovative Model Related to Reciprocal Contextual Collaboration in Creative Tension
      1. Introduction
      2. Mission theology of reciprocal contextual collaboration
      3. Biblical approach to reciprocal contextual collaboration
      4. Foundational reciprocal contextual collaboration
      5. The glory of God in reciprocal contextual collaboration
      6. The spiral mission theology
        1. Key components of reciprocal contextual collaboration
        2. Key organic values for healthy reciprocal contextual collaboration
        3. Key biblical assumptions regarding reciprocal contextual collaboration
        4. Key motives of reciprocal contextual collaboration
      7. Mission tensions in reciprocal contextual collaboration
      8. Innovative models relating to reciprocal contextual collaboration
        1. The Synergy Model
        2. The Spontaneous Model
        3. The Integrated Model
        4. The Contextual Model
      9. Conclusion
  11. Chapter 7
    1. Conclusion and Challenges for Reciprocal Contextual Collaboration in the Evangelical Movement for the 21st Century
      1. Introduction
      2. Reciprocal contextual collaboration as the new definition of partnership
      3. The recovery of a mission theology of reciprocal contextual collaboration
      4. Reciprocal contextual collaboration within current models
      5. The global context of reciprocal contextual collaboration for the 21st century
      6. Reciprocal contextual collaboration within the Latin American church
      7. The relevance of mission models in reciprocal multipolar contextual engagement
      8. Reciprocal contextual collaboration and the global church mission in context
      9. Reciprocal contextual collaboration mission and cross-mission pollination
      10. Challenges for reciprocal contextual collaboration in the 21st century mission
      11. Challenges for a dynamic missiology of North-South mission collaboration
  12. Bibliography
    1. Primary Sources
      1. Mission archives, letters, bulletins, CDs, conversations and electronic information
      2. Interviews and questionnaires
      3. Unpublished material, manuscripts and documents
      4. Pamphlets and newspapers
    2. Secondary Sources
      1. Books
      2. Journals, articles, bulletins and magazines
      3. General information on internet
      4. Dictionaries
      5. Bible
  13. Appendix 1
    1. Three Basic Models of Mission
  14. Appendix 2
    1. Latin Link Roots and History
  15. Appendix 3
    1. The Place of COMIBAM in the Protestant Historical Global Mission
  16. Appendix 4
    1. Analysis of the Short Term Mission Trips to Peru
  17. Appendix 5
    1. Ten Influential Models of Mission in Latin America

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