Creating a culture that values people and raising up people to love them.” This mission statement of the St. John’s community is our foundational plumb line. Because God values people—we value people. The way we express value is by speaking courage into the lives of those entrusted to our care.
The word “courage” comes from the Latin word (“cor”) for heart. Courage is shown when someone is willing to be emotionally naked about their fears and their hopes. (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=courage) This word has radically shifted from its original meaning. Courage today is viewed as someone who is strong or invulnerable. One who hides their fears is seen as strong over the one who is willing to be vulnerable and truthful.
Followers of Jesus speak courage, exude courage and joyfully give courage away! Those anointed with the Holy Spirit are motivated to recast their focus from their imperfections to Jesus the perfect Savior.
While there are countless benefits of building a church of encouragers, one of the most significant is that people are most creative and productive when they’re part of a vibrant courageous community.
Life-giving faith communities are led by honestly courageous leaders who believe the more honest we are the more courageous we become.
A high trust environment attracts courageous people. You will never know who you can trust until you trust them. Trusting is dangerous. Refusing to trust is riskier. Andy Stanley refers to 5 Essential Commitments of Trust:
- I will believe the best.
- When other people assume the worst about you, I will come to your defense.
- If what I experience begins to erode my trust, I will come directly to you to talk about it.
- When I am convinced I will not be able to deliver on a promise, I will come to you ahead of time.
- When you confront me about the gaps I’ve created, I will tell you the truth.
Questions to Ask
- Are there people in your faith family you have a hard time trusting.
- Is it your issue or is it theirs? (if you have never chosen to trust it is still your issue)
- What can you do about your part?
- What do you need to address with them about their part?
- Who do you sense having a difficult time trusting you?
- What can you do about it?