How Do We Decide Which Churches to Partner With?

The concept of partnering with a church may seem simple enough, but what’s actually involved in choosing which churches we should partner with? It’s a relatively simple question with a not-so-simple answer.

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In the Philippines, it all starts in the country office with a process they call strategic mapping.

The first step of the process is for the Research Evaluation Analyst to gather information on the poverty situation throughout the country.

Using this information, the analyst identifies the poorest areas in the country.

  • Human Development Index
  • Child Development Index
  • Poverty Incidence
  • Percentage of evangelicals in the area
  • The peace and order situation in the area

The next step is an “ocular survey” of all the areas identified.

An ocular survey is an actual visit to the areas to ensure that the information gathered is accurate.

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If the information can be validated then the country office establishes contacts within the area. This includes making contact with pastors, elders, church volunteers and so on.

Once relationships have been established it’s time for employees from the country office to present Compassion to the churches. An invitation is sent out to representatives of the churches in the area via word of mouth, email, ministerial fellowships and referrals.

On presentation day, the country office presents our ministry and mission. At the end of the presentation, the interested churches fill out an application form.

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From here the country office will conduct in-depth, one-on-one meetings with the pastor and the church leaders.

The church also must provide documents certifying that it is indeed a church.

After all these steps take place and everything is validated, then the process of actually opening the child development center takes place.

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While this process may sound tedious, it’s put in place for many reasons. One of the more critical reasons is to stress the long-term commitment the church is making to the children and families in its community.

What we don’t want to do is open churches as rapidly as we can to push up the number of children we’re helping. It’s important that we are able to provide consistent and dependable assistance for the long-term well-being of the children.

If a church does get involved and then decides a year or so down the road that partnering with us isn’t for them, it’s the children who suffer.

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Once a church ends its partnership with us that means the child development center closes. The children who were able to be sponsored and receive the programmatic benefits no longer can.

A long-term commitment to working with local church partners is one way we stay child focused.


This blog post was originally posted on May 31, 2011

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  1. Rev. Daniel Kaku July 13, 2016

    I need your partnership in my newly created church at a poorly community in West Africa country Sierra Leone, a suburb known Banawater to help the needy children, women in displaced school going children who cannot continue due to poverty.

    1. Sarah
      Sarah July 13, 2016

      Rev Daniel, would you please email us at socialmedia@compassion.com for more information? Thank you :)!

  2. Abraham Ramanjulu July 1, 2016

    Hi Praise our Lord and heavenly father for the wonderful services and child focused & centered ministry activitieis Compassion is engaged. It is really heart touching. I am Abraham representing a Christian church based charitable society. We are ministering among the poor tribal villages of Orissa. We do work with Children in Need of Care and Support like orphans and abandoned and women empowerment program along with church foundations. In the villages large number of children are malnourished, sick and bare without clothes. The families are poor and not able to provide food , healthcare and quality education. Good dress and meal is a dream for the tribal children in this particular areas. Our pastors and evangelists are teaching the children on basic education, hygienic and literacy. We do have a orphanage for 60 children. We are very much interested and willing to make partnership to start a child development project in Rayagada district of Orissa India, in the rural pockets. We keep Compassion mission and all the staff in our prayers.

    1. Sarah
      Sarah July 1, 2016

      Hi Abraham! Would you please email us at socialmedia@compassion.com for more information on partnership? Thank you :)!

  3. J.Joshua Kono June 7, 2016

    It is so regrettably true that money so often could be an issue even in the ecclesiastical arena; where a huge amount of money is being handled, there are also those who are not sincere.
    Any church congregation can assert that they are in 100% agreement with Compassion’s Statement of Faith and Mission Statement, promise that they preach whatever we want them to preach and do whatever we want them to do and all that, just for the sake of great gain $$$.
    Besides financial integrity, the church that is a prospective Compassion project has to be preaching and practicing the Biblically-sound faith and not only that, it also has to be child-focused.

    I would imagine how tirelessly Compassion is searching for the right congregation that can be the right project for the children.
    I admire you all for all the hard work you do for children who really deserve our love and care.

  4. Bishop James muthike mucira June 6, 2016

    This is great and recommendable work you are doing for the body of Christ .Am a senior bishop of Jesus worship Ebenezer ministry a registered church in Kenya.I would like to know if you go for mission’s to equip the church and the ministers of the Gospel of Christ.

    1. Sarah
      Sarah June 7, 2016

      Hi Bishop James! Compassion doesn’t take mission trips. We are a non-profit, child development agency that works through local churches in twenty-six developing countries worldwide. The funds that we receive are donated from sponsors for individual children in Compassion-assisted projects, to provide for their spiritual, educational,health and nutritional needs. If you would like to partner with Compassion to impact the lives of children in your community, please email us at socialmedia@compassion.com.

  5. Marilyn Keim June 1, 2016

    Is there a way to know what church it is our sponsored childrens center is with? So we can know more about the denomination and things they teach?

    1. Susan Sayler June 2, 2016

      Hi Marilyn! Certainly! We would be happy to let you know the name and denomination of your child’s church partner. It looks like you sponsor several children. Please email us at socialmedia@compassion.com with which children that you would like this information about and we will get that to you.

  6. Mrs Gloria Asante April 23, 2016

    hi, peace be unto you.
    l am Mrs. Glora writing to you from Demurred Scramble plains, of Ghana. l want to know if the children department of my Seventh-day Adventist church (SDA) in the area be partnered with compassion.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Hi Mrs. Gloria! Thank you for all that you’re doing to love and minister to the children of Ghana! Please email us at socialmedia@compasssion.com for more information on partnering with us.

  7. PASTOR DONALD KILUNDA April 16, 2016

    Hello servant of God,
    Thank you for the work you are doing in the kingdom of God. May the Lord bless you big. I am the founder and senior Pastor of The World Christian Harvest Church with its offices registered at State Law Office, in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. As we work, we see the need of echoing to the instruction of the Master in “James 1:27”, and we are reaching to the Orphans and their mothers . We wish to start a child development project and we are so optimistic that you will wish to look on at our proposal overview which we are ready to make available at once. please help us to make them feel to have a place in the society. May the Lord bless you.
    Reply

    1. Susan Sayler April 18, 2016

      Hello Pastor! Please email socialmedia@compassion.com for more information about requesting partnership. Thank you and God bless you!

  8. pastor Daniel S. Walker February 23, 2016

    Dear Sir,

    I am a pastor in Liberia and would like to partner with organization for our underprivileged kids for your child development program.
    planning to reach in rural areas with child development program as partner. I am currently a chair person the children in Liberia . I
    would not like to do this along but seeking your involvement for more impacts.
    like to fulfil my children ministry under the umbrella of a your program.
    Thank Pastor Daniel S. Walker

    1. Susan Sayler February 23, 2016

      Dear Pastor, thank you for reaching out to us for assistance. Regrettably, we do not work in Liberia so we are not able to partner in ministry with you in your country. I pray that God blesses you as you serve His people, and especially children who are precious in His sight.

  9. Rashid Ssitenda February 22, 2016

    Good days to you.am speaking on behalf of kibuku miracle center and cymon child care ministry found in Uganda,we would kindly like to make partnership with you guys in order to uplift and expand our ministries in kibuku village.
    thanks and God bless you.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan February 22, 2016

      Hi Rashid! Thank you for your heart to bless children in your community in Uganda. Please email us at socialmedia@compassion.com for more information on partnering with us.

  10. Wilberforce Silas Onyango December 1, 2015

    Hello servant of God,
    Thank you for the work you are doing in the kingdom of God. May the Lord bless you big. I am the founder and senior Pastor of The Lighthouse Prayer Palace Global Ministries and Churches with its offices registered at State Law Office, in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. As we work, we see the need of echoing to the instruction of the Master in “James 1:27”, and we are reaching to the Orphans and their mothers who were so made as a result of the 2007 post general election violence in Kenya, and presently we are looking into the affairs of slightly less than 60 children. We wish to start a child development project and we are so optimistic that you will wish to look on at our proposal overview which we are ready to make available at once. please help us to make them feel to have a place in the society. May the Lord bless you.

    1. Susan Sayler December 1, 2015

      Hi Wilberforce! Please email us at socialmedia@compassion.com for more information about partnership in Kenya. Thank you and God bless you!

  11. RODERICK L. TIPOLO November 9, 2015

    How can we be part of this? We have children ministry in our church, Balocawehay Fundamental Baptist Church, but we lack funding. We pray that God will continue to provide our needs.

    1. Susan Sayler November 10, 2015

      Hi Roderick! Please email socialmedia@compassion.com for more information about partnership. Thank you and God bless!

  12. Alfred David Johnson August 26, 2015

    Wow. This is what I have been praying to connect with.
    We need this in Liberia. Children are with out food and clothing. Parents can not afford to send their children to school. Children are forceful bread winners on the streets of monrovia for parents.
    We are a great commission church. We focus planting churches in the rural areas of liberia. We feed feed less fortunate children once a month. Our nation went through fourteen years of civil conflict. We ask to partner with you to reach children in Liberia.

    1. Susan Sayler August 28, 2015

      Alfred, Thank you for your post regarding assistance from Compassion International. We very much appreciate your desire to help those in need in Liberia. Unlike a relief and development agency, Compassion International is a non-profit, child development agency that works with existing church-based organizations. The funds that we receive are donated from sponsors for individual children in Compassion-assisted projects to provide for their educational, health and nutritional needs. It is our policy to register children ages nine and under into our program. Compassion is not currently working in Liberia, nor do we have plans to expand there in the near future. Regrettably, we do not have access to additional funds to help with outside ministries nor can we recommend any specific organizations that might.

  13. Diana June 9, 2015

    Are there any procedures in place to make sure it’s a church that teaches the true Gospel?

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan June 9, 2015

      Hi Diana! Compassion partners with strong local churches who agree with our Statement of Faith and Mission Statement. The Christian leaders and churches must be willing to invite our ministry into their country and competent Christians to staff country offices and lead the projects that your children attend. We work with local church partners and fellowships that represent over 58 evangelical, Christ-centered denominations and many indigenous churches. Our statement of faith is the same as that of the National Association of Evangelicals.

  14. ANTHONY MIAH October 7, 2014

    Dear Sir,

    I am an evangelist in Ghana and would like to enter into church
    planting in rural areas. I am currently a teacher in a high school. I
    would not like to start a new ministry or church on my own but would
    like to fulfil my ministry under the umbrella of a church or ministry
    who would like to reach out to Ghana, West Africa. I will be please
    to be part of that church and plant churches in Ghana. Thank you for your
    attention . God bless you

    KAKU MIAH

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan October 8, 2014

      Hello Anthony! We appreciate your desire to love and minister to the people of Ghana! Please email us at ciinfo@us.ci.org for more information on partnering with us or job opportunities with Compassion Ghana :).

  15. juan jose garcia June 14, 2011

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  16. Jill Foley – Compassion Family June 1, 2011

    It helps me appreciate just how much thought there is in the process – how the long term commitment is important – and again, how Compassion is committed to financial integrity.

  17. Amy Sullivan May 31, 2011

    Wow, I had no idea what actually went into this process.

  18. Andrew Z May 31, 2011

    Does the analystlook for the areas with many or few evangelicals?

    1. Brianne McKoy June 1, 2011

      Hi Andrew,
      They look for areas with many evangelicals. Specifically, several evangelical churches in the area. The reason for this is because it is a better use of funds for Compassion to partner with many churches in the area as opposed to just 2 or 3 due to what goes into training the church leaders and getting the church set-up to register Compassion children.

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