• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Mutually supporting and openess

Like most workers, I feel like I have a good read on life and ministry.  The reality is that I can easily be blinded to faults that bring pain and conflict into conversations, relationships and teams. We each see the ‘evident’ needs of others, but lack a larger perspective that shows us our own spiritual growth needs.  I, we, for the most part lack self awareness.encourage-one-another-hands

Being interdependent, being mutually supportive of one another is also a call to get involved in one another’s lives.

The TC4u document (found on the Hub under the Gospel Conversation Café) is one attempt to grapple with how such mutual dependence works itself out in our communities as workers in World Team.  I can talk about community and tell others of the importance of being part of one, but do I personally feel the need and model the need for such mutual support through community?

If you don’t see the need for community, for this need of open and honest sharing, you won’t go seeking it out.

However, if like me, you recognize your lack of self awareness and need of Christ, you will go looking for a group of like minded believers with whom to gather and offer that mutual support to one another; to work at living out community as described in the Scriptures:

  • Encourage one another: 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  • Build up one another: 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  • Pray for another: James 5:16
  • Speak truth (in love) to one another: Ephesians 4:15

2 Responses

  1. I have been having an on-going conversation with a Christian worker whose team situation is not what we would call a “normal” team (ie…working together on the same project). Yet, the need for “team” and transformational community is so great in his situation. Your words of support and Biblical basis of TC4U are a great help to me as I try to reiterate this important aspect of church planting in my conversation with him. I would probably also add that along the same line as SELF AWARENESS we need PERSPECTIVE on the work that we are doing. Sometimes we’re forced into some situations/assignments that are basically on our own. In those moments, getting perspective from others on what I am doing is very helpful and is a part of TC4U in my book.

  2. Excellent word Tim! Self awareness — asking others to speak into our lives — brings needed perspective. Asking for that perspective is a much needed reflex as well!

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