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Buckner, Center for Informed Faith Form Strategic Alliance

(DALLAS, Texas) – Buckner International and the Center for Informed Faith have announced a strategic alliance combining efforts of the two organizations to promote CIF’s mission of equipping Christians while enabling Buckner to expand its global work on behalf of children and families.

Under the agreement, Buckner and the CIF will develop curriculum for local churches, equipping them to serve the needs of at-risk children and orphans. The plan also includes joint “vision mission trips” to countries served by Buckner. Officials announced that Jim Denison, CIF president, is hosting a fall Buckner trip to Ethiopia. Details of the trip will be available in May.

Buckner Children and Family Services President Albert Reyes called the alliance a “unique opportunity for both ministries. Utilizing Dr. Denison’s skills as a writer and teacher helps Buckner be even more effective in communicating the biblical mandate Christians have to minister to children.

“We are also excited that the Center for Informed Faith is going to provide training materials for nearly 4,000 short-term missions volunteers who serve through Buckner,” Reyes added.

Denison said the alliance with Buckner is the “perfect mix” for the CIF because, “working with Buckner enables us to fulfill our mission of promoting cultural engagement, spiritual renewal and practical discipleship. Helping Buckner improve the lives of children is about as practical as it gets for Christians.”

Under the alliance agreement, neither ministry is receiving financial benefit. Instead, leaders of both organizations say the ultimate benefit of the two working together goes to the children and families served by Buckner.

“This kind of alliance is a wonderful model for how Christian organizations can collaborate to advance not only their separate missions, but more importantly, the cause of Christ’s Kingdom,” Reyes said.

Buckner is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year. In addition to its broad range of ministries throughout Texas, Buckner has offices in 10 other states and nine other countries. Reyes said continued expansion of Buckner’s geographical reach is a primary reason the organization is glad to add the support of the CIF.

“The Center for Informed Faith and Dr. Denison’s unique ability to communicate gives Buckner the opportunity to enhance our training and orientation, not only for volunteers, but for our staff,” Reyes said.

Founded earlier this year, the Center for Informed Faith’s purpose is “providing theological resources to followers of Christ through conferences, seminars, Internet materials and publications.” In addition, Denison serves as theologian-in-residence for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

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