Levels of Partnership

In partnering with other organizations, I have come to see that the word 'partner' means different things to different people. There are actually multiple 'levels' of partnership:

Level 1: Having business together

It is in our mutual interest to share resources or to provide services to each other. i.e., sharing a building.

Level 2: Symbolic acts of ecumenicism

Public declarations of Christian unity and affection. i.e., worshipping together.

Level 3: Enjoying relationship

Private fellowship, trust, and intimacy.

Level 4: Strategic partners

Strategizing together, giving each other 'veto power' over each others decisions.

Level 5: Organizational Union

Merging together and becoming the same organization.

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