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A New Take On Sustainable Ministry

A New Take On Sustainable Ministry

Mike Rhoades | Jun 19, 2015

Here at Praying Pelican Missions we have the privilege of networking with hundreds of incredible leaders throughout the world. I say privilege because most people work with each other out of necessity but in the PPM world it's more of an identity. When we speak of sustainable ministry it has less to do with projects and more to do with trust and relationship. We work hard to understand the needs of our partners and allow them to guide the ministry inciatives in the hope that our teams will support real, sustainable ministry. Long-term, committed relationships are the goal. The church working together, with humility and purpose, to reach the world with the hope of Jesus is our passion. One such relationaship has been with Marko and the Youth Cartel. Marko is a seasoned veteran in youth ministry who, before launching the Youth Cartel, served as the President of Ministry Resources at Youth Specialties. Marko has been in Jaimaica with one of our mission teams and has written about his experience. He writes, i’ve even seen, in my own church, how our long-term partnership has re-shaped the worldview of our whole congregation. prior to that partnership, we had a somewhat myopic vision focused almost exclusively on our local impact. now, a short three or four years later, local and international serving has exponentially grown at my church, with a much greater sense that we are playing an active role in God’s redemptive work in the whole world. So it’s obvious: i think youth workers should consider returning to the same location for multiple years, building a relationship with a church or ministry you learn to know, love and trust. you and they will both benefit greatly. really, in my mind, i see the best-case-scenario as a triangle: a three-way partnership (including an organization like PPM to both find the right partnership and handle logistics). Take a second and read Marko's full post. "TWO WAYS OF VIEWING LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS" He shares some great insight into sustainable ministry and the effect long-term missions partnerships can have on your ministry. For more information about how you can join in the movement visit www.prayingpelicanmissions.org. Photo by: Marko Oestreicher [subscribe2]

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