Last week, we began a new series of articles focused on the topic of communication by looking at the four goals we have for communication within Kairos. We will be looking more deeply at a few of the practices that help us pursue those goals. The first is to “Tell The Story.” This an opportunity to focus on telling The Story of God.
Communicating well is a demanding task. It is hard for couples and families – people who are around each other all of the time. It is even more difficult for organizations or groups of people who may not be in the same room (or even the same region or country). Within Kairos we have students, mentors, faculty, staff, partners, and collaborators around the world.
We have been talking about the partnership framework that exists within Kairos and the various types of partnerships (Legacy, Integrated, and Collaborating). The final category in the partnership framework is Operating Partnerships. This type of partnership is unique in that has a greater potential to touch multiple aspects of our mission.
Today, we are going to discuss Collaborating Partnerships, which are the most prevalent type of partner within the global network of Kairos. Collaborating partners tend to have a program or ministry that provides some aspect of theological education, often focusing on particular contexts, expertise, Christian traditions, or content areas.
As we continue looking at the framework for collaboration that exists within Kairos, we turn our attention to Integrated Partnerships. An increasingly common partner in Kairos, an integrated partner leverages every aspect of Kairos while remaining a separate legal entity with its own governance, institutional authority, and management structures.
Two weeks ago, we shared details about the partnership framework within Kairos. It helps the Kairos community think through everything from how it discerns and implements collaborative initiatives to the continuum of partnership possibilities it provides. The continuum includes these categories: Legacy, Integrated, Collaborating, and Operating.
Last week, we shared a bit about our partnership framework. Prior to that, we described the values and practices that guide our work and the passage from 1 Corinthians that informs our passion for collaboration. We see collaboration and partnership as something all who name Jesus as Lord should practice. Collaborating is a wonderful and life-giving operating principle!
Collaboration is an important aspect of theological education. It's taken many forms, and each generation is tasked with developing new and effective models of collaboration that invite students, the church, and other stakeholders within theological education to collectively participate.
Last week, we talked about the foundations and practices of collaboration by looking at how dis-integration in an organization creates barriers to collaboration and partnership. If an organization isn't designed to practice holistic integration, it will struggle to work with those outside its walls.
Last week, we began a conversation on a new way of collaborating. It is a great place to begin conversations about collaboration. It reminds us that we are not competing with anyone – there is no competition in the Kingdom of God. We are invited to join others as participants in God's mission.