“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:20-23
As Jesus prayed for all believers, it is clear His heart’s desire is for all who believe would be ONE. As I embark on this responsibility of servant leadership that is also my heart‘s desire for the Springfield & Vicinity Ministerial Alliance, to be ONE.
During my devotional time with the Lord, as I was praying for the Alliance, he gave me the word RISE. I asked Him what does RISE mean? He clearly spoke into my heart “Respect, Integrity, Support & Engage.”
I began to allow those words to penetrate my heart and this is what I got:
Support – Removing the spirit of competition and supporting each other with prayer, encouragement and resources.
Engage – Internally allow for ideas to be expressed without ridicule and embarrassment. Externally, being intentional in our efforts to collaborate with other community based organizations (CBOs).
My vision for the Springfield & Vicinity Ministerial Alliance:
- Increase our membership
- Identify a cause we can support financially
- Develop the SMA (Springfield Ministerial Alliance) School of Ministry
As we align ourselves under the anointing of the Holy Spirit unified and rising together to fulfill our call in serving the community, our fruit shall remain.