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 dynamism of church planting movements around the world with the resources Xenos is uniquely able to offer.
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 has with indigenously led church planting movements primarily among the world’s poor and unreached. Our Global Partners are led by apostolically gifted indigenous leaders who are multiplying churches that integrate needed social services to the poor and reach the lost through home church planting. At Xenos, we are committed to actively explore new initiatives that meet our Global Partnership criteria.
Why Global Partnerships?
Today the gospel is reaching more people than at any time in the history of the church. The primary way millions are now being reached is through home churches. But most of these movements are under-resourced and lack effective training.
We are convinced God has given Xenos a powerful vision for home church planting. We have experience mobilizing people into effective church multiplication and are convinced God wants us to share this vision.
Global Partnerships connect the powerful dynamic of 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, with each partner supplying what the Spirit has provided them.
How do Global Partnerships work?
Once a potential Global Partner has been carefully vetted and a basic understanding about roles, outcomes and costs are clarified, the Xenos elders decide whether to accredit the partnership. If the partnership is accredited, a ministry plan goes into motion. Each Global Partner has different needs, so our approach will vary in some details. Our role focuses on two main contributions.
First, expertise. Our many years of experience in training leaders, dynamic youth ministries, and the many medical and other professionals among us, bring their much needed expertise to the field through short-term missions. Most of our Global Partners will host short-term mission trips each year that will result in furthering the work of church planting.
Second, financial. Global Partnership ministries are funded in part from the Xenos general fund, reflecting our ongoing priority for missions. Expanding the vision for Global Partnership will result in increasing our mission spending at a rate that substantially out-paces the Xenos general fund. However, God has granted us in Xenos stewardship over remarkable financial resources. The available resources of Xenos members vastly exceed our family needs. For this reason, most of us are or will be in a position to give substantial gifts to this work. We established the Global Partnership Fund so as the Spirit leads, everyone can contribute sacrificially to the expansion of these amazing apostolic works.
What is the Funding Process like?
The Global Partnership Fund consists of two parts. The first part is “targeted funds”. The target amount is based on goals already undertaken by Xenos in previous years. The target funds are released as they come in, or at the end of the year depending on the memo of understanding with our global partner.
Because the elders already undertook to reach these goals, exact dollar amounts have been assigned for each cause. If Xenos members give more than the target amount, the extra dollars become part of the fluid fund pool, still earmarked for the donor-designated ministry.
The other portions of Global Partnerships are “fluid funds.” These are funds not yet scheduled for disbursement, but will be either given or saved for the future depending on what the elders determine is good for the organization.
Partnerships involve two or more parties. In our case, Xenos is one of those parties. Therefore, the elders have determined the Xenos general fund must be covered each year before people begin giving more to the Global Partnerships fluid funds. This links supporting the home base to giving to partnerships. People need to understand our ability to give to international partners depends on the health of our base in Columbus. Without this base, none of these partnerships would exist in the first place. Therefore, until the general fund is funded, the elders will prohibit further disbursements to Global Partnerships fluid funds each year.
To help prevent this outcome, the elders also plan to announce to the church whether the general fund was funded or if underfunded, by how much. If the fund is significantly short, members will need to make up the shortfall, during the coming year before unlimited disbursements to Global Partnerships can begin. If the general fund shortfall is not funded, the elders will not allow disbursement to Global Partnerships fluid funds until the shortfall is covered.
Designated giving is permitted for both targeted and fluid funds. However, the elders will determine the schedule for releasing fluid funds. The elders need to manage these funds in order to avoid damaging over-funding of indigenous work. Factors affecting the pace of releasing funds include the size of the ministry, their competence level, their ability to manage funds locally in the country, and our confidence that infusing more money will not cause dependency or distraction. However, designated funds will be eventually given to the ministry in question unless the partnership ends for some reason.