CARING FOR THOSE WHO CARE FOR THE WORLD

SHOULDER TO SHOULDER

Shoulder to Shoulder exists to empower, equip, and encourage single mission workers, their teams and their agencies as they serve in cross-cultural ministry.

We do this by:
  • Coming alongside mission leaders and teams
  • Encouraging biblical reflection on issues related to the value of singleness and marriage within the spiritual family of Christ.
  • Providing resources and training
Solid biblical theology leads to sound practical theology in living out the reality of who we are in Christ, as we serve on teams in mission together. This involves effectively leveraging all individuals, be they single or married, with or without children, as fully complete in Christ, and uniquely equipped members of our mission teams. It also entails understanding the unique challenges singles and marrieds each face working together as teams in the body of Christ.

Shoulder to Shoulder exists to come alongside cross-cultural workers, mission teams, and organizations with resources, specialized training events for missions or personalized encouragement for individuals.

Contact us if you have questions about the way in which we can serve you or your mission agency.

Upcoming events

 
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Thriving in spiritual family

Fresh perspectives on marriage, sexuality & singleness
in cross-cultural ministry

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MALAGA | January 17-21, 2022

A gathering: Plenary sessions and interactive focus groups

Primary Audience: Mission leaders and individuals who are influencers; married and single
  • Purpose: Understanding a biblical foundation of theology of marriage, sexuality, and singleness can impact and change our perspectives; especially since we function best within a spiritual family. How does it apply to my life, team, and mission?
  • Our time will include plenary sessions, times for refreshment, and interactive focus groups will include singles, single again, and married – with or without children.
“Our culture had influenced our outlook on singleness, marriage, and bearing children. Participating in this conference challenged and changed us. Whether married or single, we have the privilege of influencing spiritual children. …We gained a renewed sense of the value we each bring as single and married co-workers. Affirmed in our calling as sacred siblings, may we continue to live for the glory of the One we love and serve.”
Sue & Don Eenigenburg, Christar
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Equipping Missions for the Cultural Challenges of Singleness, Marriage & Sexuality

In partnership with Missio Nexus

Presented by: Suzy Grumelot & Barry Danylak

CHICAGO AREA | April 20-21, 2021
Begins: Lunch at 12:00 pm on Monday, April 20
Ends: 12:00 pm on Tuesday, April 21. Thursday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Primary Audience: Mission Leaders, Trainers, Mobilizers, and Member Health Professionals
Culture is rapidly changing with respect to marriage, singleness and sexuality. Mission organizations need biblically grounded tools and resources to provide constructive responses to these cultural challenges. Though singles and marrieds, with and without children, may serve shoulder to shoulder on teams, they have very different perceptions, needs and challenges.

What are the critical differences? How do we respond to the cultural challenges and live the reality of who we are in Christ as we serve together on teams – thriving in service and community? How do we effectively value and leverage every member?
This 24 event will equip mission leaders to develop answers to these questions through:

  • Understanding the cultural trends
  • Examining the biblical data
  • Gleaning feedback from missionaries across the globe
  • Interacting with other leaders

We will offer a biblical foundation for thinking and reflecting on the issues of singleness, marriage and sexuality relevant for all cultures, traditional and western. In a collaborative learning environment participants will have opportunity to share methods for better supporting and leveraging single and married members in their mission.
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INNOVATE 2021 | MISSION LEADERS CONFERENCE

Pre-conference Workshop
In partnership with Missio Nexus

"Singleness, Sexuality and Marriage: Theology and Application for Missions"

Presented by: Suzy Grumelot & Barry Danylak

DALLAS | September 22, 2021
Wednesday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Primary Audience: Mission Leaders, Trainers, Mobilizers, and Member Health Professionals
Culture is rapidly changing with respect to marriage, singleness and sexuality. Mission organizations need biblically grounded tools and resources to provide constructive responses to these changes relevant for all cultures. How do we respond to the cultural challenges? How do we live out the reality of who we are in Christ as we serve together? How do we effectively value and leverage every member?
This event will equip participants to develop answers to these questions through:
  • Understanding the cultural trends on singleness and marriage around the world
  • Presenting a fresh biblical perspective on singleness, marriage and sexuality
  • Addressing issues and challenges of sexuality
  • Providing research and feedback from missionaries across the globe
 
 

What to expect

 

RESOURCES

The following list of resources is offered for information only and does not imply an endorsement of or agreement with any of the authors or their views.

John Piper
Single in Christ

David Platt
Radically Single

Barry Danylak
What the Bible Says about Singleness

Tim Keller
Theology of Singleness

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