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Protocol for Relations with Church Partners

To support the process of developing relations with the Church, CRS presents this protocol for relationships with Church partners, designed to strengthen bonds of solidarity and promote a strategic dialogue in our service to the poor. The protocol presents guidelines and ideas for building Church relations and developing complementary visions, as well as principles for strengthening relationships and maintaining a strategic dialogue.

Walter Blake

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CRS Partnerships with the Church 1
Background: CRS and Its Relations with National Churches
Desired Range of Relationships 3
How CRS Can Be a Better Partner
Accompaniment and Solidarity 4
Subsidiarity 4
Respect, Openness and Sharing 5
Strengthening Civil Society and Institutional Development 6
Solidarity 6
Working with National and Local Church Structures
Why Work Together? 7
How Do We Work Together? 8
With Whom Do We Work? 10
Why Those Individuals? 10
Active Management of the Church Partnership
Regional Staff 12
Country Representative 12
Management and Program Quality Senior Managers 12
Program Quality, Management Quality and Finance Staff 13
Good Practices for Partnership Relations with the Church
Communication 14
Planning 14
Record Keeping 14
Appendix: Quick Reminder Sheet 16

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