As a manner of operational policy, since our organization is interdenominational and the staff, volunteers, partners and guests are from various denominational backgrounds, we ask our staff, volunteers, partners and guests not to teach, promote, or practice any interpretation of any doctrinal issues, which have historically acted to bring disunity and division within the Body of Christ. Examples of such include predestination vs. freewill, the debated use of spiritual gifts, etc. We are not asking staff, volunteers, partners and guests to change their personal beliefs, but to adhere to this policy, which has been established to encourage the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Recognize that It’s Not About You
- Very few organizations experience unity.
- We expect our staff, volunteers, partners and guests to be unified, not uniform.
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Jesus Christ, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6
How does this happen?
A common gaze
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:1-2
Established servant leaders
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Romans 13:1
- Humble, obedient followers.
- God will only fully use a humble worker. Your pride only gets in the way.
“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” 1 Peter 5:5-6
- Promoting a culture where speaking the Truth in love is valued.
“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.” Matthew 18:15-20
A Christ-centered culture
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28