PURPOSE STATEMENT: The purpose of On the Edge is to bring young men and women into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. To best facilitate this goal, we ask our students to follow the heart set by the On the Edge team covenant.
FLEXIBILITY: 1 Corinthians 9:9 states, “for though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more.”We agree as a team to be flexible in our attitudes, actions, and circumstances as we allow Christ’s purposes to be carried out throughus. “To the weak I am weak; I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Philippians 2:3 states, “do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself.” In all our actions during this program, we are individually accountable to God firstof all. We agree to be accountable to the counselors, supervisors, and other members of our team. We also agree to encourage each other to be faithful servants of God. Hebrews 10:24 states, “but encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘today’ lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
RESPONSIBILITY: Philippians 2:4 states, “Do not merely look out for your personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” As team members, we pledge to carry out our tasks in a responsible and timely manner. We will handle all ministry equipment and as- signments as tools and gifts in which God has entrusted to us. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” Colossians 3:23.
TIME / PUNCTUALITY: Philippians 2:3 states, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of youregard one another as more important than himself.” We agree to exhibit respect to team members and others by arriving on time and carrying out tasks on time. If a situation arises which causes one to be late, we agree to inform leaders and team members right away. We agree that time is given to us for God to accomplish His purposes and being punctual is an outward display of using God-given time wisely.
CULTURE: As a team, we realize that we are entering other cultures as guests. We will, to the best of our ability, refrain from passingjudgment on customs that are foreign to us because they are simply different. We realize that we answer first and foremost to God,therefore we will refrain from any activities that violate God’s Word. As a team, we will strive to show respect to those who are native to the country we are ministering by learning their customs and culture as well as living as they do. We hope that we may gain credibility as people with a genuine love for them as we labor to present the news of Christ to them.
ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO: Corinthians 9:22 states, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” In order to express the best image for Christ as possible, and in light of the alcohol-related problems so rampant in many coun- tries, we will abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages, using narcotics and tabacco (cigaretts, vape, marijuana, ect.)
TRAVEL: Before planning any trips outside of our pre-scheduled group itinerary, we will discuss it with the team leader, nor will we travel anywhere without another team member. We agree to stay together in a group wherever we may go, unless given permission to be apart from the group.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION: As a team, we agree that when we have conflicts and differences among ourselves, we will, first through prayer and time in the Word, examine ourselves for selfish motives and unrealistic expectations of the other person. We will take re- sponsibility to approach or confront the other person if it is appropriate. We will do this in love, for the purpose of restoring unity. We will forgive one another and pray together. We will not discuss the matter with other members of the team, causing them to become involvedin the conflict. “In your anger, do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Ephesians 4:26-27. If a conflict cannot be settled among the two parties, they will then seek counsel from the group leader.
TEAM UNITY: We agree that being united as a team means that as in Philippians 2:1-2, we must be “like minded, having the samelove, being one in spirit and purpose.” We will accomplish this as outlined in Philippians 2:3-8: We will do nothing out of selfish ambitionor vain conceit, but in humility, consider others better than ourselves. We will look not only to our own interests, but also to the interest of others. We realize that each team member is vital and has something unique to contribute; he or she should be encouraged and given opportunity to develop and utilize his/her spiritual gifts. Romans 12:4-6 states, “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. And since we have gifts that differ, according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly.”
GOSSIP: As a team we agree to speak only words to and about each other that will serve to build up and encourage. We will refrain from remarks that would hurt or tear down. “With the tongue we will praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh waterand salt water flow from the same spring?” James 3:9-11.
EMERGENCY OR CONTINGENCY PLAN: If an emergency or crisis develops, the team will follow the following principles:
1. Whatever action is taken, the TEAM STAYS TOGETHER. There is no room for individual action. If a team member is away from the
group at the time of the event, he or she must immediately return to the group and contact the group leader.
2. Once the team leader is contacted, he will assess the situation and make further contingency plans. If necessary, he will contact a
supervisor from On The Edge, who will be a communication link to our families.
3. A decision to leave an area will be made in conjunction with the team leader, the On The Edge supervisor and national leaders in
country. The team leader or team members will not seek to make a decision without consultation with local national leaders. They know the situation best and know the best way to leave the area.
RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD: Luke 10:27 states “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and love your neighbor as yourself.” As team members, we agree to seek out an ever-increasing dependence and deepening relationship with God through Christ by setting personal devotions as a priority and humility before God in all communication and circumstances
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS: God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. Proverbs 3:34 states, “Though He scoffsat the scoffers, yet He gives grace to the afflicted.” We also seek to place other team members needs ahead of our own and seek outunderstanding in all relationships. We will respect each other by submitting to one another out of reverence to Christ. Ephesians 5:21 states, “…and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” This includes listening to each other’s opinions, ideas and needs, and respecting time, property, and sleep.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX: We will uphold the directives of On The Edge by maintaining relationships with other team members as brothers and sisters in Christ. We will not engage in dating relationships with each other.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH TEAM LEADERS: In light of Romans 13:1, “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities,” we will respect our God-given leadership by understanding their responsibility, accepting their decisions, and praying before we approach them with our disagreements. While submitting to and obeying their authority, we will treat them as friends and give them privacy at the proper times.