- Agreement: Please review the Dream Team Honor Code and Leadership Expectations.
- Application: Fill out the Leadership Application.
- Review: Applications will be reviewed by the the relevant ministry leader.
- Interview: Based on available leadership opportunities and alignment with your gifts you will be scheduled for an interview with the relevant ministry leader.
- Appointment: If you are selected to serve as a leader in our congregation, the relevant leader will follow up with you.
First and foremost, we are Christians. As Christians, the way we conduct our lives is of vital importance. We are representatives of Christ, and our conduct, whether we know it or not, directly impacts the way those around us perceive Christ and His church. As a member of the U-City Family Church Dream Team, you are responsible for “walking in the light.” This means you are responsible for developing and exhibiting mature Christian behavior, both in public and in private.
Exemplifying the highest moral commitment, Dream Team Members are to maintain a disciplined life of Bible reading, prayer, and love for God and others. Dream Team Members are to refrain from those behaviors that do not bring glory to God, such as:
- violence or uncontrolled temper
- lewd or coarse conduct or conversation
- gossip or slander
- illegal drug use
- and any kind of sexual immorality.
- (See Galatians 5:13-26)
Rather we are to conduct ourselves with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, not becoming conceited, or provoking or envying one another. Galatians 5:13-26
None of us are perfect, and we will all stumble from time to time. However, as Christians we must repent when we fall, and seek the help of God and other Christians. We must also be willing to accept correction from the scripture. By providing an example in speech, action and attitude, we encourage others to grow in Christ and to become servants/leaders themselves. As we mature in Christ, we find that these disciplines do not restrict our lives -- rather, they liberate us to lead transformed lives of strength, power and purpose.
As a Dream Team Member, you are pledging to uphold the Dream Team Honor Code, and are pledging that if and when you struggle to uphold it, you will seek spiritual assistance, accountability and restoration from church leadership and other faithful Christian brothers or sisters.
As church leaders, we are held to a higher standard than those who simply attend our church, because as leaders, we set the tone and provide an example for the entire church family. Leaders demonstrate through their lives what it means to be a truly committed follower of Jesus. Below you will find an explanation of the expectations for leadership at U-City Family Church. These expectations apply to anyone who serves in leadership at our church, including: Staff members, Ministry Council members, Trustees, Life Group leaders, Dream Team leaders, Worship Team members and any other leadership roles in the church.
1) Membership and Next Steps
All leaders must be members of our church and complete all four sessions of Next Steps.
Reason: Jesus said, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” (Mark 3:25) For U-City Family Church to be a healthy, vibrant and growing community of Jesus followers, all of our leaders need to be on the same page with respect to mission, vision, values and beliefs. Leaders should be focused on the same thing, and speaking in unity and with one accord. Becoming a member and completing Next Steps helps to ensure that all of our leaders are walking in unity and clarity with the vision, mission and values of U-City Family Church.
2) Financial Commitment
As leaders, we are all are expected to give a tithe of our income (10%) or consistently give a designated percentage of our income to God through the ministry of U-City Family Church.
Reason: Jesus said, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) Giving is one vital way we demonstrate that our heart is committed to the furtherance of Christ’s mission through our local church. Also, throughout the scripture, we see that financial generosity is tied to spiritual health. For instance, the Apostle Paul wrote: “[w]hoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7) When a person gives freely and cheerfully to the mission of Christ, they are demonstrating the kind of generosity of spirit that we want to see among all of our leaders. As leaders, we are to lead the rest of the congregation in the vital spiritual practice of generosity for the furtherance of Christ’s mission. Three key aspects of giving are:
- Priority: As leaders, we give first. Giving is one of our major financial priorities.
- Percentage: As leaders, we consistently give a generous and sacrificial percentage of our income.
- Progressive: As God blesses us, and as we are able, we strive to increase the level of our generosity over time.
3. Christian Maturity
As leaders, we strive to develop the spiritual habits and disciplines that please God by seeking to uphold the highest moral standards in thought, word and deed. (See Galatians 5:19-23) We don’t obey out of compulsion, but as a joyful expression of our love and gratitude to God.
Reason: None of us is perfect. We all stumble from time to time. However, a Christian leader is a person who demonstrates through their own life, the highest level of commitment to obeying God’s will. When we fail, we seek forgiveness, and change course in obedience to Christ. Those we lead are looking to us to be examples in our moral conduct. Our leaders commit to:
- Sexual fidelity: As leaders, we develop a mindset of sexual fidelity, avoiding lustful thoughts or behaviors, and avoiding sexual contact with anyone other than our married spouse in accordance with the scripture. Leaders may not cohabitate with their sexual partner, unless married.
- Interpersonal harmony: As leaders, we are quick to forgive, quick to listen and generous of spirit. We are slow to anger, and careful to avoid unnecessary conflict, jealousy, anger, rivalries, divisions, envy, and any other unhealthy interpersonal conduct.
- Self-control: As leaders, we are disciplined in prayer, scripture-reading, worship, church attendance and service. Leaders avoid drunkenness, drug abuse, greed, selfishness and any conduct that elevates self over God or others.
Jesus sums up all of the law and all of the prophets in one word: LOVE. He says that the greatest two commandments are to love God and to love others. As Christian leaders, the two questions we must always ask ourselves is: 1) Do my thoughts, words and actions demonstrate my love for God? 2) Do my thoughts, words and actions demonstrate my love for others? If we’re following these two commands, we know we are leading well!
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