Original Research

Challenges and prospects of partnership among local and foreign Christian missionaries in Nigeria

Akinyemi O. Alawode
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 76, No 3 | a5983 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v76i3.5983 | © 2020 Akinyemi O. Alawode | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 March 2020 | Published: 16 September 2020

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Akinyemi O. Alawode, Department of Church History and Missiology Department, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


The subject of partnership is one that is receiving attention in different spheres of life today. Businesses are seeking to expand by bringing together different specialisations to complement each other. All these grew out of a desire to have better output. The Christian missions’ enterprise should not be an exception in the quest for better performance; hence, the need to explore the opportunity of partnership for the expansion of God’s kingdom. This article researched how foreign and local mission agencies could develop an effective partnership in Christian missions. The article considered the concept of partnership, the biblical basis for partnership, the historical development of the partnership, the importance of partnership in the 21st century, the prospect of partnership in the 21st century, challenges of partnership in the 21st century and finally, how both local and foreign mission agencies could build an effective, efficient and dynamics partnership mission project before the conclusion of the 21st century.


partnership; Christian missions; advancement; God’s kingdom; challenges of partnership


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