Mary Lederleitner: Cross-Cultural Partnership: Navigating the Complexities of Money and Mission (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2010). An outstanding book addressing the vitally significant and oftentimes thorny cultural issues concerning money which are inherent in cross-cultural partnerships. The book is divided into four parts: 1) Core Cultural Concepts, 2) Uprooting the Harmful, 3) Partnering in Better Ways, and 4) Redeeming Conflict. The book is highly readable, practical, and full of biblical and missiological wisdom.
Mary Lederleitner is an Author, Researcher, Trainer and Consultant for Wycliffe Global Alliance, and was part of the COSIM Resource Team for 5 years. Her focus is best practices and issues related to cross-cultural ministry and partnerships. She is also actively engaged in creating adult church mission curriculum to better equip and empower people for cross-cultural ministry. She is pursuing a Ph.D. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Werner Mischke, Designer/Editor: The Beauty of Partnership Study Guide (Mission ONE Resources, Scottsdale, AZ, 2010). Ideal for a six-week small group study, The Beauty of Partnership equips followers of Christ to gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for healthy cross-cultural partnerships. This resource helps individuals, church groups, and mission teams to develop effective cross-cultural relationships … while reducing misunderstanding, confusion, or wasted money. With The Beauty of Partnership Study Guide believers discover how these three qualities—godly character, cultural intelligence, and organizational competence—work together for ministry success. Designed on the basis of adult learning theory, the study incorporates a variety of readings from partnership practitioners, missions educators, and culture experts. Included is a Discussion Guide DVD.
Werner Mischke has served on the COSIM Resource Team since 2004. He is Executive Vice President and Director of Training Ministries for Mission ONE, a long-time COSIM member.
Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert: When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor—and Yourself (Chicago: Moody Press, 2009). This book combines sound theology, solid research, foundational principles, and proven strategies that prepare you for Christian transformational ministry among the poor, whether in the local community or abroad. Churches and individual Christians often have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty—assumptions that many times lead to ministry strategies that do considerable harm to poor people as well as to themselves. When Helping Hurts addresses these assumptions and offers several principles and strategies for poverty alleviation, including—the distinction between relief, rehabilitation, and development—and the difference between asset-based and needs-based strategies.
Daniel Rickett: Making Your Partnership Work (Enumclaw, WA: WinePress Publishing, 2002). This is an elegant, substantial overview of what is necessary for effective cross-cultural partnerships. The book focuses on nine imperatives of partnership: 1) Creating shared vision, 2) Establishing compatibility, 3) Applying ground rules. 4) Keeping the relationship open and personal, 5) Building intercultural understanding, 6) Fostering trust, 7) Measuring progress, 8) Tracking agreements, contributions, and outcomes, and 9) Learning and handling change together.
Daniel Rickett, PhD, is founder or The Daniel Rickett Group, a missions consulting firm specializing in cross-cultural partnership. Dr. Rickett was one of the co-founders of COSIM, and served on the steering committee for the first COSIM conference in 1996. He now serves as Executive Vice President of She Is Safe.