covenant between team members, one to another and also team leaders
Our purpose is to allow God to work through us as a team to glorify Himself and demonstrate His love to others.
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 through us. “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
Philippians 2:3 states, “Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself.” In all our actions for this summer’s program, we are individually accountable to God first of all. We agree to be accountable to the team leaders, 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.”
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 assignments as tools and gifts in which God has entrusted to us. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to?men.” Colossians 3:23
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.” 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.
As a team, we realize that we are entering other cultures as guests. We will refrain, to the best of our ability, from passing judgment on customs that are foreign to us because their differences. We realize that we answer first and foremost to God; therefore we will refrain from any activities that violate God’s Word. If this occurs, we will be sensitive as to how we approach this, explaining to the best of our ability the reason for our inability to participate in whatever activity is presenting itself. 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 & Tobacco
1 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 countries, we will abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages?and from?using narcotics and tobacco.
Before planning any trips outside of our pre-scheduled group itinerary, we will discuss it with the team leader, and we will not travel anywhere without another team member. We agree to stay together in a group wherever we may go, unless given permission.
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 expectation of the other person. We will take responsibility 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 involved in 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 between the two parties, they will then seek counsel from the group leader.
We agree that being united as a team means that, as in Philippians 2:1-3, we must be “like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.” We will accomplish this as outlined in Philippians 2:3-8: We will do nothing out of selfish ambition or 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 12:4-5 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 of one another. And since we have gifts that differ, according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly.”
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 water and 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 will 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 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 neighbors 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.
Relationship with Others
God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. Proverbs 3:34 states, “Though He scoffs at the scoffers, yet He gives grace to the afflicted.” We also seek to place other team members needs ahead of our own and seek out understanding 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, respecting time, property, and sleep.
Relationship 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.
Relationship 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.
On the Edge Short Term Missions Policies
As a short-term missionary participating in short term missions, we are reminded that we are ambassadors of the Lord Jesus Christ. As we go to minister, we do not only represent Him but our country and On the Edge Ministries. This is a tremendous responsibility; consequently we confess our dependence on the Holy Spirit that we will be above reproach in our actions and attitudes as stated in the above Team Covenant.