what is the church We have four core values that define us. The first is that Compassion is a Christ-centered organization, and the second, the topic of this post is our commitment to the Church.

Our commitment to the Church reads like this.

“The Church is the great hope for the world and is God’s instrument to advance the Kingdom of God. We mobilize and connect the global Body of Christ to fulfill her mandate for holistic discipleship of poverty.”

This forum – the Global Leadership Forum – can change the world. This forum can end poverty. If we allow our hearts to be fertile ground for the Holy Spirit.

“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” – Matthew 16:18-19 (NIV)

The church is the only institution in this world created by God. He didn’t create a non-government organization. The Church is God’s only strategy for this world.

Nothing can stop the Church. Even the gates of Hades shall not prevail against the Church. The Church is an unstoppable force.

God gave the Church unlimited access to Heaven. We have the keys to Heaven. 24/7.

The only strategy God has to stop poverty is the Great Commission.

How do we solve poverty? Make disciples. How do we make disciples? The Church.

What is the next chapter in the story of the Church?

“Can you imagine what could be done with the wisdom of the old and the passion of the young?” – Willow Creek Leadership Summit 2007

If we want to change the world, we must begin with ourselves. If we, the Church, don’t do it, it won’t get done. If we want to change the Church, we must begin with ourselves.

It is an honor for Compassion to walk alongside the Church. To accompany the Church as it helps bring the Kingdom of Heaven to this world.

But does it make a difference if we say we work “through the Church” instead of “with the Church”?

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  1. Sep 8, 2008
    at 5:49 pm

    The only One that can bring change is the Lord Himself — and you’re right, He begins with individuals. Are we joining Him in the work He is doing, or are we trying to bring about change in our own strength? Are we focused on self, or focused on Him? To me, joining Him involves things like listening, waiting, seeking, thanking; obedience, following His lead, prayer and submission. He clearly shines light on our pathway, one step at a time, and often leads through the church universal. Sometimes we have to step out over an empty chasm– as Wess Stafford (a la Indiana Jones) shared with us — but it’s safe if He says to step out. The real danger is in following your own plans and schemes (or that of a church or organization) rather than His.

  2. Sep 8, 2008
    at 7:30 pm

    A couple of weeks ago, I was in a pit of discouragement, about my own advocacy and my seeming failure to energize my team of advocates. I began pouring out my heart to the Lord: “God, I can’t make pastors or other church leaders give me an opening to present the many opportunities in partnering with Compassion! I can’t motivate the people you’ve placed on our team….” That’s how long it took for me to catch onto the problem. As God shined the light on my *real* failure–thinking for even one moment that I any of this stuff is up to me–my prayer changed drastically. A few days later, He engineered a “chance meeting” in a grocery store with one of the pastors I’d been trying to meet with since January. We met for 30 minutes the next day.

    We really are a sinking ship, without the Church–local and global.

  3. Sep 8, 2008
    at 7:41 pm

    Right on Chris (and Juli)

  4. Sep 9, 2008
    at 10:51 am

    The church is still an institution just like any other man-made organization. This phrase I would use with “working through the church.”

    The church with the revelation of God and the planning through its people – I would use with “working with the church.”

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