Global Partnerships are collaborative ministries Xenos has with indigenously led church planting movements, primarily among the world’s poor and least reached. 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 believe we can 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. Our Global Partners meet the following Engagement Standards to a significant degree.
We have also sent missionaries to Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Southeast Asia where they facilitate church-planting movements. Our missionaries serve as an important part of our Global Partnership initiatives.
Our Global Partners
The interactive chart below gives the financial status of each of our Global Partners. Xenos has committed to fund multi-year projects for each of these ministries. To view the funding status and funding sources click on each ministry's bar. See the definition for the different funding sources below the graph.
GPF Progress: funds raised to date for each ministry in the Global Partnership Fund (GPF) for the current year. Donations given by individuals that exceed the yearly target amount go into the partnership's fluid funds. These extra dollars are still earmarked for the donor designated ministry.
General Fund Contribution: money provided for the ministry from the Xenos General Fund.
Undesignated Funds: money given by donors who do not designate a specific Global Partner ministry. Undesignated donations provide the flexibility to direct money where it is most needed and serve several purposes:
- We can distribute undesignated funds to any ministry that is unable to meet their target fund goal at year end.
- We can distribute undesignated funds at the beginning of the year to support a ministry that has yet to raise sufficient funds for that new year.
- Undesignated funds allow us to finance new partnership opportunities and respond to additional needs from existing partners throughout the course of the year.
5 Year Project Target: fundraising goal by the end of the 5-year period for each ministry.
How Partnerships Work
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 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 indeed 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.
Fluid Funds are the other part of our Global Partnerships. 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 connects 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 essential to avoid the damaging over-funding of an indigenous ministry.
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.