Word Made Flesh is called and committed to serve Jesus among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor. This calling is realized as a prophetic ministry for, and an incarnational, holistic mission among the poor. We focus our energy to make Jesus known among the poor while reconciling the church with the poor.
Word Made Flesh is united in an intentional spirituality that is expressed through nine core values.
- Intimacy- We celebrate intimacy with Jesus to be our highest calling and our created purpose.
- Obedience- We celebrate obedience as our loving response to the grace of Jesus.
- Humility- We celebrate humility before God and humanity.
- Community- We celebrate community as a means for discipleship and service.
- Service- We celebrate service as an expression of our fellowship.
- Simplicity- We celebrate simplicity as a privilege in identification with Jesus and the poor.
- Submission- We celebrate submission to Jesus, each other and the poor.
- Brokenness- We celebrate brokenness as our responsibility in ministry among the broken.
- Suffering- We celebrate suffering as a willing sacrifice in serving Jesus.
Word Made Flesh is united in philosophical commitments, which are expressed in seven missional starting points.
- Jesus and the Kingdom of God Hebrews 12:28, 13:8. We are an ecumenical community of Christians united in obedience to Jesus for service among the poor. Our service flows from intimacy with Jesus and is guided by the values of the Kingdom of God.
- The Most Vulnerable of the World’s Poor Matthew 25:40, James 2:5. We respond to the needs of the world by building community among those who lack sustainable access to resources and availability to opportunity.
- Community Genesis 1:27, Mark 6:7, John 13:35, I Corinthians 12, Acts 4:32, Philippians 2:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17. Community, a tangible sign of the Kingdom of God, is our starting point for theological, ecclesiological and missiological activity. Solidarity with the most vulnerable of the world’s poor fulfills our community.
- Incarnational, Holistic Mission John 1:14, 20:21, II Corinthians 5:18-20, 8:9, Luke 4:18-19, Matthew 25:35-46, James 2:15-16, I John 3:16-18. We do not minister to the poor; we are in mission among the poor, identifying with them rather than integrating the poor into our reality. Identification is central in the ministry of reconciliation. Our purpose is for the redemption of the whole person toward the redemption of society. We participate in holistic transformation, desiring to facilitate regeneration and restoration.
- Simplicity Matthew 10:7-10, I John 3:16-18. We posture ourselves in simplicity with open hands, dependent on God.
- Partnership in Mission Revelation 5:9-10, Galatians 3:28. In our praxis of mutual submission, mission is dependent on partnership with local Christians and churches. Mission unifies us.
- Stewardship of Creation (Genesis 1:28, 2:15; Isaiah 11:9, 60; Jeremiah 29:1-14; Habakkuk 2:14; Matthew 9:35-36; 1 Corinthians 15; Galatians 5:22-23; Revelation 20-22) God has created humanity with and restored through Jesus the vocation of priesthood to order and care for creation. Our future hope for the glory of God to fill all of creation calls us to present the Messiah to all and to present all to the Messiah. Our mission is to pray and work for signs of new creation, for shalom, for justice and for environments that enhance human flourishing.