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This is who we are

wt-ministry-framework-jan-2016A couple of months ago, we ‘launched’ the World Team Ministry Framework.  It’s our best attempt as a global community to describe ‘who we are’ and ‘what we do’.  You hopefully have seen this graphic or other slightly different ‘versions’ of it around World Team.  We’re trying to ‘contextualize’ this graphic to our various contexts.  However, the point is not having a ‘nice’ graphic that you and I like; the real point is calling each other to live and work in line with what we have decided best describes who God has called us to be.

We are at times better ‘word-smithers’ and discussion activists than implementers.  However, the world around us watches to see if all our ‘words’ will actually cause transformation and change in the way we work with one another, in the way we treat one another, in the way we freely forgive one another.

What should get us out of bed everyone is the call to “reach, invest in, and equip others to release them into ministry.”  Obviously, this focus centers on our primary stakeholders who are the lost (see Matthew 28:16-20).  However, this same focus should drive the way we support one another build up another, and forgive one another, so as “to release one another into ministry”.

I pray that our Ministry Framework will ‘frame’ the way I build into other’s lives and the way I reach out to those who do not yet know Jesus.

6 Responses

  1. Hi David,

    Thanks for helping us to focus on who we are in your post. You wrote:

    ———————————

    What should get us out of bed everyone is the call to “reach, invest in, and equip others to release them into ministry.”

    ———————————

    I must confess I need something more powerful to motivate myself to get up in the morning, than what I ought to do….:-)

    Here is what helped me a few days ago after holding an evening seminar, an early 6.15 am prayer meeting on a hill in Switzerland, followed by participation in a 7.15 staff meeting and giving 8.45 am devotions (to which on that day nobody turned up in the Christian hotel…):

    First we are ‘holy beings’ than out of it flows the ‘holy doing.’ Hence Paul prayed in Ephesians 3:14-19:

    14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

    The New International Version. (2011). (Eph 3:14–19).

    “Our spiritual health and and growth depends on our understanding of God’s love.” (Anonymous)

    14 For Christ’s love compels us,….

    (2 Co 5:14).

    “Our influence only reaches as far as our love.” (H. Pestalozzi)

    2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,

    (Heb 12:2).

    I am loved by God! Now that really gets me, the evening person, out of bed in the morning! Now I have the power and motivation to reach, invest in, and equip others out of thankfulness for His love. It worked on that eventful day in Switzerland and will motivate me in London, ….if only I remember. May God help us all.

    Yours truly,

    Adrian

    • Thanks Adrian! My point was not to ‘ought’ you into doing something (: Rather it was to show how the Central Ministry Focus crystallizes what our daily focus needs to be. The ‘being’ and ‘doing’ distinction only works if you realize that it is a continuous circle of influence: knowing who we are in Jesus (being) causes us to move towards others in service (doing). As we serve (doing), we realize our constant need to go back to Jesus (being). And so the cycle keeps turning around and around. That’s the wonder of the Gospel: it reminds us of who we are in Christ, sends us out in service, and drives us back to Jesus for more grace!

      • Thanks for the clarification. I must have missed your point….but I thought that it very unlike the David I know.

      • Always good to clarify with one another. This is something I have been saying for awhile, that being and doing flow together. Our struggle is that we often fall to emphasizing one side to the exclusion of the other. Keep reminding yourself of who you are in Christ and going out to serve others in that assurance of His great love for you!

      • Yes, it is. It seems to me that you emphasized one side (doing) to the exclusion of the other (being) in your piece under discussion. I did not read words about the former in it. This is ‘our’ struggle indeed. 🙂

  2. Amen!!!!

    Jacob Ginter Mobilization Manager

    World Team Canada I http://www.ca.worldteam.org

    905.821.6300 I 800.610.9788

    God Centred. People Focused

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