Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks. Churches Partnering Together. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014, 176 pp. $15.99.
Do you feel isolated in your pastoral role? Do you long to do more in your community for Christ but lack the resources to do so? Do you desire greater unity with churches in your area? If so, then Churches Partnering Together by Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks might be just the book for you. In Churches Partnering Together the authors seek to lay out how churches can partner together for the glory of God to accomplish far more than they ever could on their own. They call these church partnerships “Kingdom Partnerships” and they specify that a kingdom partnership must be gospel-driven, interdependent, and God-glorifying.
These three qualities of a kingdom partnership are essential to the health and long term well-being of a partnership. By gospel-driven the authors specify that the partnership must center around the gospel and agree on important doctrinal issues, it cannot be a lowest common denominator ecumenical fellowship or it will fall apart. The churches must be interdependent and no one should try to strike their own path. And most importantly, the partnership must agree to seek God’s Glory above all else.
The book serves it’s purpose well and provides a step-by-step guide on establishing and running a kingdom partnership. The authors show the qualities necessary for each member of the partnership and lay out the groundwork for how churches work together with limited resources. This excellent little book can serve many pastors and Christian leaders well by reshaping their minds away from a “my” ministry mentality to an “us” ministry mentality. The authors rightly emphasize the abundant possibilities that exist for global kingdom partnerships. Churches in America can partner globally with churches in Africa, South America, Asia, and Europe to provide a mutually beneficial partnership whereby many congregations are blessed and God is ultimately glorified.