Churches Partnering Together: Biblical Strategies for Fellowship, Evangelism, and Compassion (Bruno & Dirks)

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Most churches in the United States have less than 75 members. Many of these congregations barely have enough money to pay their pastor’s salary, let alone launch a movement or host a conference. How can they hope to make an impact beyond their own walls?

In Churches Partnering Together, Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks show how all churches—big and small—can do more together than they can do apart. Looking to the New Testament for guidance, this practical book will help pastors, church leaders, and laypeople alike think creatively about gospel-driven church partnerships in their own communities and around the world.


Table of Contents

  1. Catching the Vision: Understanding Kingdom Partnership
  2. Laying the Foundation: Building on the Gospel
  3. Clarifying the Mission: Identifying Roles and Resources
  4. Leading the Charge: Catalytic Leaders and Churches
  5. Staying the Course: Patience and Perseverance
  6. Giving and Receiving: Interdependence in Partnership
  7. Expanding Ownership: Building Engagement, Enthusiasm, and Dedication
  8. Launching a Movement: Multiplying Ministries for God’s Glory
  9. Putting It All Together: Kingdom Church Partnership Step by Step



Chris Bruno (PhD, Wheaton College) is the executive director of the Antioch School Hawai‘i and pastor for discipleship and training at Harbor Church. He spends most of his time leading a church partnership for theological education and church planting. He has written numerous articles and reviews and is the author of The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses and the coauthor (with Matt Dirks) of Churches Partnering Together.

Matt Dirks (MDiv, Talbot School of Theology) is pastor for teaching and leadership at Harbor Church in Honolulu, which he helped to plant in 2006. In addition to training church planters around the world, he has also helped launch partnerships for church-based theological education and ministry training, and worked to rescue sex trafficking victims in Hawaii. He is the author of a curriculum for youth as well as a number of articles and the coauthor (with Chris Bruno) of Churches Partnering Together.



“One of the most important lessons from the New Testament is that gospel churches naturally cooperate in gospel ministries. That’s why I welcome this new book by Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks. The rising generation of young evangelicals needs to embrace once again a fully biblical understanding of cooperation so churches united in faith can cooperate together to share the gospel with the world.” - R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Partnerships make the most important things in life happen. What none of us can do alone can often be done in collaboration with others. Many pastors and church planters will benefit enormously from the wisdom, biblical insight, and practical experience that Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks provide for us here. May God be pleased to spread the vision, and share the work, for the growth of kingdom churches that advance the gospel of Christ.” - Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“God’s mission is too big for any one church to accomplish. We know that. Yet we often act as if our church must do it all—alone. How freeing to discover what can happen when churches join forces. Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks are scholars with pastors’ hearts, and they tackle the topic with theological depth and practical wisdom. Their strategies for kingdom partnerships will leave readers inspired to seek out partner congregations and well equipped to make the partnerships flourish. For church leaders more excited about building God’s kingdom than their own, this is the book to read.” - Drew Dyck, Managing Editor, Leadership Journal; author, Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying