How does The Haiti Collective work in Haiti? What is our approach to mission in a third-world country? How are we safeguarding our efforts from paternalism, entitlement, and missional co-dependency? Our first core value speaks to these questions with indigenous leadership.
1. Indigenous Leadership
The primary leadership of the Haiti Collective is not stateside. It is the field coordinator, pastors, and missionaries in Haiti. That means the plans and intentions of churches and leaders in the United States are determined by leaders on the ground, not churches in the States. We don’t begin with an agenda; rather, we let the indigenous leadership set the agenda and see how we can get behind what they are doing and join them.
The churches that lead in the mission are all pastored and led by Haitian men trained and discipled in their own context. Both in planning and in practice, we are committed to modeling our commitment to indigenous leadership by encouraging them, empowering them, and helping them, and getting out of the way as much as possible.