Mutual Transformation as a Framework for Church Global Mission Partnerships


Jay Madden

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This dissertation seeks to create a framework for church global mission partnerships. The basis for this framework is the conviction that the local church should be more than a funding mechanism for mission projects. We are created in the image of the triune God, and our partnerships should reflect that image and encourage mutual transformation.

In part I, I explore the theological issues, such as perichoresis, that can impact our participation in the mission of God. I also explore the contextual factors that impact that participation. In addition, I describe through literature the theological and individual factors that impact spiritual transformation. I also seek to discover the relevance of adult learning to a mutual transformation framework.

In part II, I describe how I researched these issues through interviews, focus groups, and a survey. The findings of my research revealed that four factors were crucial to the spiritual transformation of global mission participants: (1) relationships, (2) disruption, (3) reflection, and (4) integration.

In part III, I describe a framework based on those factors. I also create a change process to implement that framework. This includes the application of these findings in the form of a pilot project. This research will be beneficial for churches that wish to create a global mission strategy that focuses on the transformation of all participants. It will also be useful for mission organizations that partner with those churches.

Degree Name

Doctor of Missiology (DMiss)

First Advisor

Weaver, Alan

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Church, Mission of the church, Missions, Trinity


Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | Missions and World Christianity


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