The Elements of Encourage Faithfulness
The purpose of Encourage Faithfulness is to become aware of God’s purposes for the organization and then to align the organization with them. There are three elements associated with this avenue that help to satisfy its purpose. They include:
- Discern Organizational Vocation
- Align Core Purposes with Vocation
- Orient Culture and Leadership around Vocation
Discern Organizational Vocation
God is at work in the world attempting to reconcile all of life with its Love-Life, the hidden life of love and truth that underlies all of creation. While organizations can choose to operate with or independent of God, God would like to be at work in the world through every organization in a particular way. An organization’s vocation is the role that it plays in creation–the role it plays in the Love-Life of God. An organization, by discerning its vocation and then acting consistently with it, helps God flow within and operate through the organization. This element is to determine the role God wishes the organization to play in creation so that it can be co-creating with God.
Align Core Purposes with Vocation
Once the organization has discerned its vocation, the next step is to align the organization’s core purposes with its vocation. Through this step, the organization commits to being more fully guided by God. By evaluating the organization’s mission, vision and values in the context of the vocation and then aligning them, the organization takes another step toward accomplishing the role they play in the Love-Life of God.
Note: The vocation of an organization can be synonymous with its mission or quite different from it, but the mission should not contradict or be in opposition to the vocation. If inconsistencies exist, additional discernment should be done to determine if the mission is out of alignment with divine purposes.
Orient Culture and Leadership around Vocation
This element is to orient the organization’s culture and leadership around its vocation. Leadership facilitates the coordinated functioning of an organization, while organizational culture is the shared context of meaning making that provides the unconscious basis for decision making and behavior in an organization. To the extent that leadership and organizational culture acknowledge God as the ultimate source of power and rely on God for guidance and direction, the organization is enabled to fulfill its role in the Love-Life of God.