So here I am, hanging out with my team at the Karimu conference centre in Holzhausen, Germany. We try to get together a couple of times each year to talk and make plans. Having only joined the team full-time in April this is the first meeting that I’ve had overall responsibility for the agenda. Despite the jet lag some are suffering from there was little downtime and we got straight into work.
Catching up and praying for each other
We are a team distributed around the world so it’s important that when we are together we do things that enable us to build deeper and more meaningful relationships. So, on our first morning, we spent time sharing with each other the things that are going on in our lives. Family updates, moving house (and continent), the challenges of children and parents and all the things that come along at different stages of life.
It was wonderful for me to be able to share with these guys the things that are important, talk about the challenges we are facing as a family and be prayed for. A group like this is especially important as, though our individual experiences may differ, they all know something of the unique challenges that serving in full-time mission can throw up.
Mission, vision and values
Like many organisations, Wycliffe Global Alliance has a mission, vision and values statement. This informs the core of our work. The values are,
- The glory of God among the nations
- Christlikeness in life and work
- The Church as central in God’s mission
- The word translated
- Dependence on God
- Partnership and service
In other organisations it may be possible to only apply the values to what is done by employees. But with the values of the Alliance, personnel need to embody the values so that they resonate through all that they do.
We spent the afternoon trying to think through how each of these values applies to each one of us in our work. It wasn’t always easy – how can one person embody ‘the Church as central in God’s mission’?
It was a challenging process but good to do.
That was yesterday. We are now into day two.