Oneness and Unity in Waterloo Region

"In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others" (Rom 12:5).

  A bunch of people
Form one Church
 A bunch of Churches
  
Form One Body
To those in Waterloo Region who are loved by God and called to be His holy people,



Vision:
As a connected body of believers in Waterloo Region, we represent a massive support network to carry each other's burden and impact our community. We are called to serve the community we live in, not just the church we attend.

Goals:
  • Foster practical connections among the churches of Waterloo Region
  • Promote regular reminders that we are part of one body
  • Celebrate, honour, and take advantage of what God is doing all across the Region
  • Serve one another in love

Regional Events reminder us of the Unity we have

Waterloo Region Worships
Each March
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Prayer in the Park
Each June

"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace" (Eph 4:3).

Some future initiatives to work on meeting the goals:
2+2=More
Prayer Link




The goal of the 2+2=More Prayer Link is to have every church praying for two other churches and have two churches praying for them. In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul exhorts us that all the parts of the body should have equal concern for each other. Praying for each other is a simple and yet powerful way for churches to show concern for the other parts of the body. As we cover each other in prayer, we can expect to see more unity among churches, more of God’s power at work in our midst, and more impact for God’s glory in our Region.


The main emphasis as churches pray for each other is praying for churches to have a Kingdom impact as the people of the church live out God's calling for their lives. Each church should select a verse or short passage to be prayed over them by the other churches. Each church could also ask prayer for one key area of growth (examples: increased engagement in corporate prayer times, greater heart for evangelism, increase in community service, more small groups, etc.). Each church would have a contact person for the prayer link, so that churches could make occasional, applicable corporate prayer requests of their partner churches (for example if they were running a special outreach event). Each church would be free to organize praying for its partner churches in whatever way makes sense in the context of its structure.

No One in Need Network

No matter what need someone has within the body of Christ (anywhere in Waterloo Region), someone else in the body will be able to help. The challenge is making the connection between the person in need and the person who can help. The desire of the No One in Need Network is to facilitate, simplify, and streamline making connections between a person in need and someone who can help through an online infrastructure.

The vision for the No One in Need Network is born from Acts 4:32-34a.

Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them.

By God's grace the ideal of no one in need was possible for the early church. The logistics of how that was attained in those days are not feasible to us. However, the power of social networking gives us an opportunity to connect believers and support each other like never before. As it says in Ephesians 4 :15, 16, "Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." We are the supporting ligaments for one another. Therefore, If I can help, I will help.

Everything in Common Fund

Long term, the desire is to establish a charitable fund as a companion to the No One in Need Network, so that there is a means to provide help when a person's need requires money. By recruiting a base of monthly donors, we can give financial gifts to those who need it. The eligibility for gifts will be tightly defined as the by-laws governing the fund are created. An example is providing first and last month rent to someone where that is the last barrier to a healthy living environment. Another example could be financial support in times of critical illness.  

I'd love to meet with you to discuss this vision, hear your thoughts, and answer your questions. Please send me an email and we can set something up.

God bless,
Andy Morris