Something to think about
As someone in a civil partnership, I spend more time than most thinking about what ‘partner’ really means, and what people hear when I use that term about my spouse. For those who have experience in business, legal or medical practice, ‘partner’ might have different resonances. But my strongest associations are from school: being paired up with a classmate to work on a project, with varying success. I generally preferred to work alone, and found being landed with a partner a wearisome chore. My civil partnership is thankfully a much more positive experience!
When Paul describes people as partners in faith and in the gospel, he expresses a kind of mutual encouragement and growth that characterises most successful relationships. With a shared sense of purpose and genuine joy in one another, both sides of the partnership are enriched by the connection.
That’s why Christian Aid is so committed to its partnership model; genuine relationships with local organisations and with UK supporters are the foundation of every aspect of their work.