Strategic Priority 4 – Relationships

Good relationships are built through communication and founded in trust and respect. Positive environments offer a safe place for people to share their feedback and provide a platform in which they can collaborate with one another. New training approaches that reinforce the importance of relationship building and increased connectedness will enrich our ministries.


Learn more about our objectives and goals designed to help ministerial leaders adopt relationship-centered interactions for thriving fellowship within the Church.


Improve relationships within leadership globally.


  • Establish new and strengthen existing relationships between and within all levels of COGOP leadership
  • Establish new and strengthen existing relationships with academic and non-academic partners


Increased trust and respect

Trust and respect are the foundations of any good relationship. Through these virtues we can communicate more effectively to strengthen bonds, form new ones, and solve issues we face.

By developing a strong relationship among leaders and with key academic and non-academic partners, we can also improve our stance in the world we are trying to impact.

Improved teamwork

We know that solid organizational performance comes from an effective, high-functioning team. At the core of this is how each person works together. We will strive to develop authentic and strong relationships to promote and achieve our mission.

Increased leader engagement and retention 

The strategic planning survey reveals that many leaders feel disconnected from the International Offices and lacking the support needed. By encouraging relationship building and healthy feedback, leaders feel connected and supported, which improves ministry retention.

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