Partnership: Collaboration for a Common Vision
For the JGP, partnership means that while our goals are determined by common values and vision, one partner’s agenda does not determine how all JGP partners work toward that vision. Each partner brings skills, interests, and desires to the table, but because we focus first on building relationships and trust through listening and conversation, we hope to enrich the contributions of each partner.
Too often North Americans have simply set the agenda and expected others to fall in line. In the JGP, we seek to truly work together as part of the one body of Christ for the sake of his gospel in the Middle East. The following are our current partners, but we are also seeking others to join with us so that we can explore more ways in which God is at work in this region.
Middle East Partners
- Baraka Presbyterian Church: Founded in the 1950s, Baraka is a faithful fellowship of believers in the Bethlehem area. Active in several areas of ministry, such as running an educational center and a mercy ministry, Baraka seeks to be a witness to the surrounding community of the grace of Christ in a place of conflict.
- Haifa Theological Institute: Primarily focusing on Russian-speaking Jews in the north of Israel, HTI provides theological, biblical, and practical training to aspiring pastors, church leaders, as well as believers who desire to know and live the Scriptures better.
- Palestinian Bible Society: PBS is an inter-confessional Christian society committed to making the Word of God available to the Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. PBS works and partners with a variety of Christian churches and denominations as well as other sectors and areas of the Palestinian community, such as community development organizations and other Christian relief agencies.
- Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary: NETS opened its doors in September 2007, and is an independent, inter-denominational evangelical seminary primarily serving the northern part of Israel. NETS offers a Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Divinity, and a Master of Theology in Applied Theology. NETS also seeks to promote theological research and writing, focusing on Islamics, Judaism, Contemporary Judaism, as well as Holy Land Studies and Reconciliation Ministry.
- Shavei Tzion Congregation: Shavei Tzion is a Messianic Congregation in Haifa that not only seeks to be a witness through the worship and life of its people, but also through hosting HTI, homeless ministry, serving Holocaust survivors, and through its School of Arts.
North American Partners
- New Life in Christ Church: NLICC is a congregation of the PCA in Fredericksburg, VA with a longstanding and deep connection to the expansion of the gospel in the Middle East.
- Sycamore Presbyterian Church: Located in the historic village of Midlothian, VA, just south-west of Richmond, Sycamore Presbyterian Church is a friendly church committed to Jesus Christ and His Word and affiliated with the PCA.
- Orangewood Presbyterian Church: Located in the Orlando, FL area, teams from Orangewood have participated in several JGP vision trips. Their vision is to made disciples to advance Christ’s kingdom all over the world, including the Middle East.
- Westminster Presbyterian Church: Located in the Lancaster, PA area, Westminster is committed to glorifying and enjoying God, nurturing believers to become disciples, and proclaiming the good news of faith by words of witness and deeds of mercy.
- Third Millennium Ministries: Third Mill’s goal is to provide Christian education to hundreds of thousands of pastors around the world who lack sufficient training for ministry. They are meeting this goal by publishing and globally distributing a free multilingual, multimedia, digital seminary curriculum in English, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Russian and Spanish. The curriculum is designed to be used in support of existing schools, as well as by groups and individuals. It consists of three central elements: graphic-driven videos, printed instruction and internet resources.
- Presbyterian Church in America: Founded in 1973, the PCA seeks to be faithful to the Scriptures, true to the Reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.