How We Work Together

HUMILITY: we need all of us, we are all equally vital in the mission.

Humility – A word that our world shies away from, but a word that Jesus embraced and lived out. In Philippians 2: 1-18 we are encouraged to have the same attitude as Jesus who, even though He was God, never sought for influence or equality but instead became a humble servant. He traded the highest place for the lowest place. He didn’t complain, argue, blame, or boast, but instead was pure, sacrificial, and servant-hearted. As we seek the Lord’s heart together, as we dream, plan, and execute, let’s ask Him to build into us these same characteristics that He modelled so well for us.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” (Philippians 2: 3-4 NIV)
Let us ask God to help us help one another and not only think about our own areas of need or expertise. May we work as His Body and the family of God that we are.

SERVANTHOOD & SACRIFICE: serving one another, the children and the kingdom.

Giving up what is necessary to follow God’s heart for the children and do together what we cannot do alone. Benefits will often come back to our own organizations, but that is not our focus.
“Those of us who are strong … strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” (Romans 15:1,2 The Message) In response to the vision of Nehemiah, the perfume-makers, the priests and the goldsmiths, to name a few, made sacrifices to serve the greater need – working together to build a wall. Today, it is the ‘least of these’, the children of our world, who urgently need a ‘wall’ to protect them from injustice, inequality, inaction and insecurity.  And they need more than walls – they need people who will journey with them, build them up, help them make sense of life and faith, so that they can grow as disciples of Jesus and know the ‘life to the full’ that Jesus spoke about.Have we, like Queen Esther, been made leaders within our movements “for such a time as this”? Can we trust God to provide for us as we make sacrifices in order to serve the children of the world?
“You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our God and Father abounds in glory that just pours out into eternity. Yes.” (Phil 4:19 The Message)

RELATIONSHIP & TRUST

Relational Partnering is where the foundation of the partnering is Relationship, as opposed to Projects, Events or Issues. Here, God is our first Relational Partner. In Jn.14:15, Jesus said, “If you love me you will obey what I command.”Jesus encourages us to love one another. In Jn.13:34 He says, “… As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”Further, in – Mt.18:20, He promised His presence when we come together – “Where two or three of you come together in my name there am I with them.” Paul urges us in Philippians 2, to demonstrate the humility, sacrificial attitude, singleness of mind, love, spirit and purpose, of Jesus among ourselves. In 1 Cor.12 we’re reminded that we’re a body though we’re unique and diverse in function. With this foundation let’s move ahead both Relating and Partnering.
We know that strong relationships, honest trust and a commitment to long term friendship is the basis for seeing good things happen. The anthropologist, Margaret Mead, noted that: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”  Jesus started with a rag bag group of fishermen and tax collectors and disciple them into the greatest world-changers that ever existed.