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A New Paradigm of Partnership

In Mission Together (IMT) is a global partnership network available to equip your conference, district or church for transformational partnerships in mission in the US and around the world.

Whereas a traditional approach to mission is often needs-based, short-term relief, the new vision of partnership embraces asset-based, long-term development.  Partners commit to one another through an IMT 50/50 Partnership Covenant. It’s a sacred covenant to participate equally, 50/50, as the body of Christ by utilizing everyone’s skills and resources. A 50/50 framework prevents dependency and fosters self-sufficiency. These principles address systemic issues rather than treating symptoms.

IMT is GLOCAL (both global and local) and equips you with core values that are cross-culturally appropriate for variety of contexts whether in the US or around the world.  We have a team of IMT Partnership Coordinators ready to assist you with training and resources to develop a 50/50 partnership within your community or another country.

One example of how the 50/50 covenant is changing hearts and minds is through our collaboration with church leaders across the world to plant new communities of faith. These Mission Initiatives are unique in many ways, but mostly because they are places where The United Methodist Church is new to the population. You can partner with a church in a Mission Initiative country through the IMT Partnership Program.

How to Get Started:

  1. Download the 50/50 Partner Covenant, available in several languages. Read the guidelines and let it be a part of your discussions, in person or online.
  2. Choose a Mission Initiative country (right) and/ or
  3. Find out how you can be a part of this church growth and prayer partnership, contact an In Mission Together partnership coordinator.
  4. Attend an In Mission Together 50/50 Partnership Roundtable.
  5. Apply the core values of the covenant to your preparations, planning, and partnership. The attached resources, primarily books available online, represent the best practices in partnership. Download the 50/50 IMT Partnership Covenant 5 Core Values Resources List.
  6. Communicate frequently through interactive groups and worship. Download the Toolkit for Online Worship and Collaborative Interaction (pdf)

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The 50/50 Covenant

An Overview of In Mission Together

Mission Initiative Overview from Global Ministries on Vimeo.

In Mission Together 50/50 Partnerships

10 Fold Mission Initiatives from Global Ministries on Vimeo.

Using Social Media for Partnership

Using Social Media For Partnership from Global Ministries on Vimeo.