Global Partnerships are collaborative ministries Xenos has with indigenously led church planting movements, primarily among the world’s poor and unreached. These partnerships connect the powerful dynamics of church planting movements around the world with the resources Xenos is uniquely able to offer. God has given Xenos a vision for home church planting and we are convinced we should share this vision through these types of partnerships. We currently have Global Partners in Cambodia, Eastern Europe, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), and Southeast Asia. We are actively exploring new initiatives that meet our Global Partnerships criteria. We have also sent missionaries to Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Southeast Asia where they facilitate church-planting movements. Missionary work is done under the overarching umbrella of Global Partnerships.
Our Global Partners
Target Funds: Goal approved by the elders for vetted ministries
Fluid Funds: Monies given by individuals (either designated or not) that go beyond the approved goals (Target Fund) for a given ministry.
How Partnerships Work
What are Global Partnerships?
Global Partnerships are collaborative ministries Xenos shares with indigenously led church planting movements primarily among the world’s poor and unreached.
Why Global Partnerships?
Today the gospel is reaching more people than at any time in history. Our ministry partners reach vast numbers primarily through planting home churches. However, most of these movements are under-resourced and need effective training, the very resources Xenos has in abundance.
God has graciously given Xenos a powerful vision for home church planting and experience mobilizing people into effective church multiplication. We want to share our expertise and resources with these amazing indigenously led movements.
Global Partnerships connect the powerful dynamic church planting movements around the world with the resources Xenos is uniquely able to offer. This way, the Great Commission is truly an international collaboration.
How do Global Partnerships work?
We start with a careful assessment of a potential Global Partner and determine a basic understanding of roles, outcomes and costs. Next, the Xenos elders determine whether to accredit the partnership. If the partnership is accredited, a ministry plan goes into action. Each Global Partner has different needs, so our approach will vary in some details. Our role focuses on two main contributions.
First, we can provide expertise. We have many years of experience in training leaders, dynamic youth ministries, and many people with medical and professional expertise. Through regular field visits and short-term trips, we have the opportunity to share our skills and expertise with our partners.
Second, financial. Xenos funds Global Partnership ministries in part from the general fund, reflecting our ongoing priority for missions. To expand the scope of Global Partnerships we have to increase our mission spending at a rate that substantially out-paces the Xenos general fund. However, God has granted Xenos members stewardship over remarkable financial resources. The purpose of the Global Partnership Fund is to allow people to contribute sacrificially to the expansion of these amazing apostolic works as the Spirit leads.
How does the funding process work?
The Global Partnership Fund consists of two parts. The first part is Target Funds. The Target Fund is the financial goal for each partner that year. If a partner fund receives more than the Target Fund amount, then the extra dollars become part of the Fluid Fund pool, still earmarked for the donor-designated ministry.
This is the other part of Global Partnerships, the Fluid Funds. We do not have a fixed schedule for the disbursement of Fluid Funds. We will either give these funds or save them for the future depending on what the elders determine is best for the partnership.
As a church, our ability to give to international partners depends on the health of our base in Columbus. The elders determined we must cover the Xenos general fund each year before people begin giving to the Global Partnership Fluid Funds. This links supporting the home base to giving to our international partners. Therefore, until we cover the general fund budget the elders will prohibit further giving to the Global Partnerships Fluid Funds each year.
To help prevent this outcome, the elders will announce to the church whether we were able to meet our general fund commitment or if not, by how much. If the general fund is significantly short, members will need to make up the shortfall, during the coming year before unlimited donations to Global Partnerships can begin. If the church cannot meet the general fund budget, the elders will not allow giving to the Global Partnerships Fluid Funds until, as a church, we can address the shortfall.
We permit designated giving for both Target and Fluid Funds. However, the elders will determine the schedule for releasing Fluid Funds. Managing these funds is important in order to avoid the damaging over-funding of an indigenous work.
Factors affecting the pace of releasing funds include the size of the ministry, their competence level, their ability to manage funds locally, and our confidence that infusing more money will not cause unhealthy dependency or distraction. However, we will eventually give the designated funds to the ministry in question unless the partnership ends for some reason.