Partnerships involve strong servant leadership that builds trust based on transparency and honesty. Often, the needed programs and practices are known but a respectful partnership with the community is missing. Based on your experiences and the assigned reading, discuss the importance of servant leadership in building trust and sustainable partnerships. Identify an example of someone who exhibited servant leadership skills in building a cross-cultural partnership and why these efforts were successful. State whether you agree or disagree with the following statement and provide two reasons for your stance: A true partnership involves risk shared by all parties.
The local church is often seen as an access point to the community but rarely engaged in a true partnership. Discuss two challenges and two benefits of building partnerships that involve the local church or other communities of faith. Describe two criteria you think are necessary for healthy and effective partnerships that take into consideration the challenges you mentioned. Share an example of how you have applied these criteria in your life. For additional insight in responding to this discussion question, watch the “Partnership Development” video.
Read Chapter 13 in For the Love of God: Principles and Practice of Compassion in Missions.
Read “Understanding Global Health and Development Partnerships: Perspectives From African and Global Health System Professionals,” by Barnes, Brown, and Harman, from Social Science and Medicine (2016). URL: https://www-sciencedirect-com.lopes.idm.oclc.org/science/article/pii/S0277953616302076?_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_origin=gateway&_docanchor=&md5=b8429449ccfc9c30159a5f9aeaa92ffb&ccp=y
Read “Working Together For Global Health Goals: The United States Agency for International Development and Faith-Based Organizations,” by Powell, from Christian Journal for Global Health (2014). URL: http://journal.cjgh.org/index.php/cjgh/article/view/36/125
Read “Partnerships for Development: Perspectives From Global Health,” by the United Nations System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda (2013), located on the United Nations website. URL:http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/untaskteam_undf/thinkpieces/25_thinkpiece_health.pdf
Read “What Makes a Global Health Partnership Succeed?” by Saldinger (2014), from the Devex website. URL: https://www.devex.com/news/what-makes-a-global-health-partnership-succeed-84858
Watch “Start Small, Change the World: Lori DiPrete Brown at TEDxUWMadison,” by TEDx Talks (2014), located on the YouTube website. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HE9SypCzXU
Read “The 7 Standards,” located on the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission website. URL: http://www.soe.org/explore/the-7-standards/