April Update Over the years we have been blessed with some wonderful people who have served God in our community, who have created big shoes for us all to follow in. But God is always moving us forwards and that means changes in personnel and changes in methods while being faithful to our mission.
Bay Ayling, Linnea Gilbert and Jenny Snook are joining our team at an exciting time. But building teams doesn’t happen just because we want it to. Building teams, like developing community, takes effort because teams are based on two essential elements, trust and hope.
Trust is the foundation of any human relationship, team or community. Trust in my experience is based on three things:
Honesty – telling the truth even when its difficult or leaves you vulnerable
Self-Sacrifice – putting the needs of others ahead of your own wants/desires
Vulnerability – being willing to be open about your own journey to the benefit of others and yourself
Where trust is able to be established in teams and more broadly in community, hope will flourish. But a lack of trust kills hope dead, because when trust fails, instead of working together, teams spend more time second guessing each other’s motives and behaviours than actually working together towards a collective vision. Without trust, when someone makes an inevitable mistake, instead of giving them the benefit of the doubt, we can be drawn into assuming the worst.
The hardest part about trust is not receiving it but giving it. I have a choice about how I choose to trust people. I can be cautious and only trust people who have proved themselves to be trustworthy, or I can trust people first until they have demonstrated they are not worthy of my trust.
I believe God has called me to trust first. To presume the best in others and to extend my trust to them until they have demonstrated they are not worthy of it. However I don’t expect every person to be able to do this. For those of us who have had our trust broken, and broken very painfully, trusting can take a long time, and being cautious has some wisdom in it.
But despite this, I see God trusting me with his Mission when I don’t deserve it and have done nowhere near enough to earn his trust. So as much as humanly possible I believe we are all called to try and follow his example, even though at times it may be costly.
Blessings, Jason Potter
To share Jesus everywhere He sends us, as we live in relationship with Him.