“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” – 1 Thess. 2:8 (NIV)
1. Dependency on Prayer
- Trusting God in all things.
- Treat it as more than a ritual, but a hallmark of the ministry.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV) – “Pray continually.”
- Ephesians 6:17-19 (ESV) – “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”
2. Thankfulness for one another and God’s provision
- Appreciation of our different gifting, personalities, expertise and experiences; seeing Christ in one another.
- Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) – “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
- Recognizing our work is supported by the generosity of others; giving when it costs something.
- Celebrating with staff, volunteers and those impacted by the ministry.
- 1 Corinthians 1:4 (ESV) – “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus.”
3. Kindness toward one another
- Jesus as our model of graciousness.
- Allow kindness to sink in and permeate our interactions.
- Bearing one another’s burdens, giving and picking up the slack for others, helping when it’s not convenient.
- John 15:14 (ESV) – “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
- Creating an environment of trust and safety by:
- Listening carefully and speaking the truth in love.
- Being approachable, transparent, asking for/granting forgiveness.
- Covering each other when mistakes are made or tempers are short, without complaining or being critical.
- Encouraging one another to press onward and upward for Christ’s sake when someone feels discouraged or overwhelmed.
- Colossians 3:12-14 (ESV) – “Put on then as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
4. Excellence in what we do
- Being careful with time, words, etc.
- Includes how we handle God’s Word.
- Trusting each other to do the right thing.
- Listening to one another for both what is said and unsaid.
- Professionalism, including:
- Eliminating procrastination.
- Responding to others’ requests and communications in timely manner.
- Keeping emails and letters appropriately formal.
- 1 Peter 1:12 (ESV) – “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
5. Humility in our attitude
- Committed to recognizing when we are operating out of pride, fear, self-centeredness or perfectionism.
- Being open to loving correction and apologizing and asking for forgiveness when our humanness gets the best of us.
- Ephesians 4:15 (NIV) – “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
6. Unity in our endeavors
- Acknowledge that the Lord speaks and directs us as a body made up of individual members working together to make the whole possible.
- Understanding others’ roles and functions in various circumstances.
- Edifying one another as we see our gifting at work.
- Willingness to voice concerns, confirmations, thoughts and impressions with humility to allow His will to unfold.
- 1 Corinthians 12:12 (ESV) – “For just as the body is one has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”
- Romans 15:5 (ESV) – “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus.”