We are all one body, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
We each person or part of the body has their function, 1 Corinthians 12:18 & 19, But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be?
We each have different spiritual gifts (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12–14 & Ephesians 4) to be used for the betterment of the church
Each of us has different personalities, skills and abilities that allow us do the work of the Kingdom of God.
This shows up at Muskoka Bible Centre in our staff. Each of us has different roles and responsibilities, gifts and talents, personalities and quirks. YET, as John Friesen, MBC’s CEO, recently wrote in his email update, “I certainly take my hat off to our team members who have stepped up and created a robust and yet safe environment for our guests this summer, COVID-19 notwithstanding.” John explains more in the rest of his email. An except is below.
Over the past year we refined our core values that will also be the key principles for growing resiliency among families. I have seen these values lived out by our team members this season as we have experienced rapid and significant changes starting on March 24, 2020 when businesses were declared closed by the provincial government. Here are some brief examples of how these values were lived out by our team:
- Christ Centred – our team was unflinching in their commitment to trust God and not operate out of a place of fear. The courage I saw demonstrated by each team member was humbling. Even during our ‘lay off’ season our team members met weekly via zoom to encourage one another and pray together.
- Growing in Grace – each team member had varying responses to the cover pandemic and I saw our team rally together and show grace and love to those who were more sensitive and cautious regarding the risk of infection. I witnessed team members put their needs aside in an effort to focus on doing the best for the guest experience in the midst of difficult circumstances. That is grace.
- Walking in Unity – when I asked our year round team last week to describe the team experience these past few months, many stated the word ‘unity’. Our team focused on our common mission of blessing our guests and they put aside individual and department needs in deference to the larger group needs.
- Engaged in Community – the federal wage subsidy allowed us to bring team members back to work but many were asked to do things that were not connected to their normal work. Our office team began to phone our guests from their homes and pray for the families they called. In total, they called more than 1,000 families to encourage and pray for them and ask if there was anything we could do to help. That is ‘community’. We have so many great stories of God’s goodness that came through these connections.
- Serving Together – this value is continuing to be lived out as so many of our team members, including our summer students, are working in various departments (not necessarily what they originally signed up for) to make the guest experience a great one! So many team members are crossing department lines in their efforts to serve as ‘one’ team.
- Stewardship – our team is committed to living ‘within our means’. As hard as it was, each team member carried their share of ‘cost cutting’ beginning back in March. They recognized that our end goal is the long term sustainability of this ministry for the Kingdom and they, without grumbling, accepted the measures taken to ensure that could happen. Many offered to volunteer even while they were on layoff or reduced work hours. We have a team that values being faithful stewards of what God has entrusted to us.
I don’t share these things to boast (although I would not be wrong to boast about the great year round and seasonal team God has given us this year). I do this to let you be encouraged as you see our core values lived out amongst our own team. These are the same core values and principles that we want to encourage you to take on as a family. We firmly believe that as we grow in living out these values we will grow in our resiliency to face adversity. And we do know that adversity is coming to the Church in ever increasing measure.
By God’s grace, we can stand together and face the uncertainty of the future and we believe that these basic values can help do that. As a family. As a Church. To the glory of God.