Principles of Ministry
Just as the Son of Man did not come to earth to be served but rather to serve, so it is with the Servants of the Kingdom. Our desire is to become extensions of our Lord Jesus Christ in nature and purpose, in harmony with our ministry Philosophy and the following principles :
The Bible informs us that we are created in the ďimage of GodĒ which contains three main components: body, soul and spirit, which produces a wondrous complexity to all of humanity. Holistic ministry must start with the basics of human need: food, water and shelter in conjunction with love, belonging and purpose. Once we have these basics in order to help those we are called to, we believe itís mandatory to look after ones spiritual needs, that is generally overlooked in or misguided in non-Christian aid.
In carrying out our work we set intentional objectives to have authentic relationships with the people we are helping. We attempt to create and embrace an environment of caring and friendship, sharing what we know in a way, as friends do. We value dialogue (versus a teaching monologue) as a high priority, which may require learning a second language to the degree thatís its sufficient for friendship and basic conversation.
For those who have grown up in the West, one of the most difficult aspects of ministry in working with those in developing nations lies in the area of cultural differences. For example, while Godís Kingdom laws and principles are eternal they are also multi-dimensional so that truth is often conceptualized according to culture norms. As Servants of the Kingdom, we are called to be students of the cultures we are working in, (known generally as ministering in context). Ministering holistically and relationally helps us overcome some of the obstacles in cultural differences we experience that lie hidden.