Core ValuesGenerally, the Church of God (believers of Christ), carries out two main responsibilities, namely The Great Commandment (Mark 12:30,31) and The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19,20) from Christ.
The Great Commandment in Mark 12:30,31 is written as the following: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." The second is this: "Love your neighbor as yourself." There is no commandment greater than these."
The Great Commandment reminds the Church about its existence, namely to serve God and our fellow human beings with love. The highest motivation in Church ministry is Love, which relates to maintaining the integrity and unity of the Body of Christ, as well as solving the problems that arise within the Church. Love produces positive solutions to every problem and resolves it completely in a thorough and peaceful manner. When Love starts to fade within the Church, it loses its true identity of Jesus Christ and the Church becomes an ordinary social organization.
Violation of the principle of Love in any form will make the Church "dying while living". The genius Einstein says that "dying while living" as the most horrible thing that might happen in life, so we have to prevent it by staying in the Love of God and maintain His Love to keep warm and smoldering both in the worship of God and in relationship with fellow human beings. The Great Commandment is the measurement of the personal relationship with God and others. God warned the church at Corinthians and Ephesians that without love all the achievements of the Church will be in vain (1 Corinthians 13:1-3, Revelation 2:1-7).
Love purifies churches from any political practices, slander, materialism, gossip, envy, hatred, and others. Love allows the Church to grow in an atmosphere of joy and peace that is healthy, dynamic, and supernatural, so the growth becomes infinite, the Lord's presence is real, and the worship and ministry are full of miracles.
The Great Commission is written in Matthew 28:19,20 as the following: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
The Great Commission sets the final target for each church activity, namely the lost souls are saved. The higher the target of souls is set, the higher the "price" to be paid to achieve it. Without targeting the soul, the church will be stuck in the routine of daily activities, thus without realizing the activities becomes the target of the service.
That church will be still running with routine activities with the "save the soul" slogan, but not missionary. It still exists, but does not work as the extension of the hand of God to save the lost souls. The church which is not missionary, will be easily dragged into the snare of materialism and a tendency to develop its own kingdom (which should build the Kingdom of God). That church has dissipated the Saving Work of Christ for this world. Hence the success of the church ministry outcomes are not measured in how much financial, assets or facilities it has, but the quality of spiritual growth and the quantity of the congregation that comes from lost souls that have been reached. An example of a successful church is currently in China, although they do not have a church building, and do the service in the forests, caves, etc. as the "underground church", but every day there are 60,000 people believe and accept Jesus as the Savior.
Apart from setting the goal of saving the souls, God also teaches work strategy to achieve this goal, namely to "net" people. In the gospel of Matthew 4:19, Jesus said to his disciples: "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. This requires net-work (network employment) among the Body of Christ which is bound and neatly arrenged in all parts of the ministry (Ephesians 4:16). God does not recognize the existence of "super star" or a "one man show" in the Church as all the members of the Body of Christ should be involved in service each according to its function. Therefore the success of the church is a shared success of all His Congregations as led by Christ the Head of the Church.
To establish a network, we must be able to work in a team-work . The basic principles of team work is "equal work that leads to equal lightweight". In the teamwork, there should not be anyone who feels "superior" because there is no team members that can function without sustained by the function of others in the team. Effective team-work is always oriented to the end results. Team member can work flexibly according to his availability, talent, and style but still in the direction to reach the set target. Such teamwork will be dynamic and productive, the service goes well and win souls! Although the orientation is at the end results, an effective teamwork does not ignore the process of how to achieve the results. Effectiveness is maintained by continuing to evaluate the process that has been done so that improvements can be made to improve the results. To evaluate this effectiveness, we all must agree not to point out "who is wrong", as this will only hurt others. Instead, we have to ask "what is wrong", then we find the problem and at the same time fix it, and improve what is already considered to be "good".
When each member of the team works and performs its function, "friction" can happen. The "friction" in the work is "healthy", because it shows the spirit to take responsibility and the desire to go forward. As a car moves forward faster, the friction is greater between the road and the tyre as well as the passes air. The "friction" becomes "unfair" if the motivation is to bring someone else down for personal gain and insecurity (jealous of the success of others as it is considered as threat to the comfort of his position). Therefore, the appreciation of the function and work of others will make a long-term successful cooperation.
Cooperation or net-working among the Body of Christ is a Biblical pattern that has proven effective to carry out the Great Commission. Through the net-working the church avoids spiritual pride and made aware that the Body of Christ needs one another and complement each other. Net-working can also be a tool of God to build character of humility and unity of the church, because we can learn from the advantages and shortcomings of others.
Unity is the key word in net-working. Unity is like fuel that moves the potential of each body of Christ so that they can mutually complete each other. All forms of dissension and division in the church is evidence of the success of spirit of breaking to divert the attention of the church to achieve the Great Commission to the low gratification of the flesh.
If the Church wants to carry out the Great Commission, there is no work patterns more reliable and effective than the net-working, both in the congregation of the ministry department of the church and between the ministry departments, because essentially all churches is God's fellow worker in winning the lost souls.