How Global Partnerships Work

How Global Partnerships Work

Visualize a bridge with two-way traffic. A bridge serves as precisely the right metaphor for the Seminary’s global partnerships. Each partnership involves a full two-way exchange between the two institutions in four main areas.

  • Teachers cross the bridge in both directions. Asbury Seminary faculty are being sent to teach courses in our partner institutions and, in turn, their faculty come to teach intensive classes either at our Wilmore or Florida Dunnam campuses.
  • Students will also be invited to cross the bridge. From our side, this will mostly mean sending an entire study class to a partnership site with one of our professors to be taught right alongside the students in the host seminary. We will be offering these cross-cultural experience courses every year.
  • Resources will be exchanged across the bridge. For instance, we are sending our librarian, Paul Tippey, to our partner schools to train their librarians and to find ways that we can, through digital technology, strengthen the libraries of these institutions. We will be sending relatively inexpensive Kindles from our library to theirs, loaded with hundreds of theological books. Paul can literally walk into a library, open his briefcase, and with one hand give a librarian 400 theological books. On their side, they are sharing valuable research with our Center for the Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements on the global Church.
  • The bridge will allow us to gather leaders for training conferences. We will be hosting several global conferences that will allow us to mutually discuss global Christianity.

Christians are a covenant people, who believe in the power of relationships. Therefore, we know that healthy global partnerships must arise out of relationships, not merely signed documents and Memorandums of Understanding. They must be built around a shared vision, and must be a two-way bridge of mutual commitment and sharing.