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Passions

Posted on Posted in 2012, Ministry News

Passions. They’re unique and they’re shared. They’re what makes you stand out from the crowd and what brings people together. They bring color and beauty to life.

A few weeks ago, I shared that 2011 was a year of asking “What am I hungry for?” As 2012 launches, I’m ready to write them down. These are the four things that I want to see happen. This is the stuff that I am passionate about. These are what I’ll use to stay focused, and be a metric I use to make choices and evaluate progress and success. They come not just from a year of reflection, but from a quarter century of serving in missions. Here they are, in a nutshell.

 

Partnership recognizes we live and work best in community. The whole is more than the sum of the parts and we accomplish more when we work together. We pursue partnership that is life-on-life and centered on real relationships. We care not just about the final product, but about the process along the way. The commitment to work together is familial, not only contractual, and embraces each partner and the unique role they are able to play.

 

Vision is knowing where you want to go and seeing how to get there. It’s about knowing who you are. Sometimes it’s as plain as day. Sometimes it requires discovery. It always provides focus. It reaches out and pulls people together. As vision is realized, the vision of others is also propelled forward towards realization. Vision displays connectedness, not isolation.

 

We don’t just want to make things better, we want to see things transformed into something entirely new. Something that wasn’t there before, but should have been. ‘Good enough’ is the exception, not the rule, and we are  not interested in temporary fixes. False dichotomies or ‘comprehensive’ approaches are incomplete. We see the interrelatedness and interdependence of parts.

 

We believe the best ‘product’ comes from multiplication. We move faster and farther, with greater impact, when our focus is on ensuring multiplication. The choices we make are done with this end in mind. True multiplication happens when the growth is organic. The right systems (we believe in ‘simple’) and environment will provide nurturing and nourishment, and growth will happen.

 

As we look forward to 2012, these are the passions that we will pursue. In, under and over all this is Jesus Christ.