Life, Acts and school have kept me busy these past few weeks. I'm completing week four of the "Collaborative Approaches in Ministry" class at Fuller (online). We've discussed various topics and concepts, including identity, organization, and developing collaborative capacity.
For this class, we work together in a group activity and have to come up with twelve word definitions--based on the reading, research, personal experience and the lectures.
Definitions of Identity and Organization
Our group defined identity as: The essence of being known that embodies uniqueness, negotiation, compromise and agreement.
We defined organization as: Collection of people vision driven towards common goal, adapting & impacting its changing environment.
It's amazing how much more you can discover and produce together than alone. That's one of the concepts behind collaborative capacity. As your radar grows and your horizon expands, you can see more and together do more.
Life, Faith and Jesus
This mirrors my experience as we study the book of Acts with a group on Sunday mornings at Timberlake. The early church discovered, experienced and learned together what it meant to follow Jesus. Church is not an hour on Sunday listening to a preacher and singing some songs. Church is connecting with others trying to do life, exploring our faith and learning to follow Jesus--together.