Founded in 1974 by Phil Butler, IPA served as a communications consultancy to mission organizations. From the successful 1982 exploratory partnership meeting in North Africa, INTERDEV pursued a calling to Partnership in Mission. INTERDEV became a specialist ministry: teaching, training, developing and advocating Partnership in Mission throughout the global Church.
In 2003, the global demand for the ministry of Partnership in Mission was greater than ever, yet paradoxically; IPA faced severe organizational funding challenges! Humbled by an imminent INTERDEV closure, the International Operations Team resorted to prayer & fasting. Did God really want this ministry of Partnership for Mission to carry on? The answer was a resounding YES!
On 4 November 2003 , the board of Trustees of Interdev announced it was passing the baton of partnership development ministry to Interdev Partnership Associates. This later changed to International Partnering Associates (IPA). IPA continues to facilitate and develop partnering as a key strategy to bring the Gospel to the world's least-reached peoples. But now it is not a organization, but rather an association of like-minded and experienced individuals devoting time to promote and facilitate partnering and training.
Today, through 50 globally based Regional Partnership Advisors, IPA is privileged to carry the heart & field mission once served by INTERDEV.