Partnership in Mission: A Biblical and Theological Perspective
Dr. Atul Aghamkar, Ph.D., wrote this paper to challenge the church in India to approach ministry partnership with renewed seriousness. He presented it at the Interdev conference in Bangalore, India that convened April 11-15, 2016. He has continued to update and refine this paper. His latest revision as of June 5, 2017 is posted below.
In this intriguing article, Dr. Aghamkar spends considerable time establishing the biblical and theological basis for partnership and co-working with God. He then digs into unity and fellowship as biblical expressions of partnership in ministry.
Building on this foundation, he goes on to explore the Apostle Paul’s unique model of ministry partnership with its focus on the house church, family, and key individuals as centers of witness and evangelism.
With India’s cultural emphasis on community and relationship, Dr. Aghamkar makes a case that the Indian church should consider adapting this biblical model of partnership throughout India for greater mission impact.
This article is an excellent resource for network leaders and church planters looking for models of partnership and ministry in Southeast Asia. Readers will also be intrigued by the way that Dr Aghamkar builds a biblical and theological case for partnership as “Koinonia” in ministry.
- Partnership in Mission: A Biblical and Theological Perspective (Revised June 5,
- Partnership in Mission: A Biblical and Theological Perspective [PDF]
- “Paul’s comprehensive model of partnership provides significant and comprehensive insights into how such partnerships should be initiated, put into practice, and nurtured so as to make a missional difference in contemporary India.
- “…that unity was intended to provide a convincing testimony, a believable platform upon which the gospel might be preached, so that the world would believe that the Father sent the Son. Therefore, where there is an absence of unity or the presence of conflict among believers, a convincing foundation for Gospel mission must, consequently, be lacking or absent.”
- “It seems that koinonia is the New Testament word that is nearest in meaning to the English word, “partnership.”13 Warren concurs with this translation, stating that koinonia indicates both partnership and intimate fellowship.
- “The task of Christian witness among Indian population will never be effectively undertaken unless Christian leaders form mission teams and develop strong networks.”
- “Although Paul did not neglect individuals in his evangelistic approach, he strongly focused on the family as a total unit. Learning from his family-centered approach, special attention must be given to developing family-based approaches to Christian witness among the Indians.”
Atul Aghamkar, PhD. Partnership in Mission: A Biblical/Theological Perspective. The Partnership Institute. Interdev India, Presented April 11-15, 2016 in Bangalore, India. Revised June 5, 2017.
Atul Aghamkar, PhD. Partnership in Mission: A Biblical/Theological Perspective. The Partnership Institute. Interdev India, Presented April 11-15, 2016 in Bangalore, India.