Oneness and Unity in Waterloo Region

The Vision:

  • Connect all of our churches
  • Create reminders that we are part of one body
  • Honor what God is doing in the region
  • Support each other in the body

"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

Start by saying you want to connect.

Be reminded that we are part of one body by engaging in 3-5 annual events* intentionally focused on a regionally connected church.

Honor what God is doing in the body by building relationships with churches around you and sharing what God is doing at your church in a centralized online platform for the whole body (once it exists).

Support each other by participating in the "No One in Need Network" (see below).

Join the email list

*Regional Events to remind us we are part of one body

Waterloo Region Worships
Each March

Prayer in the Park
Each June

God Belongs in My City
Each September

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

Why is it important to connect churches?

The greatest thing gained by connecting churches is allowing us to tap into and take advantage of the massive support system represented in the one body. It says in 1 Corinthians 12:25&26:

  • There should be no division in the body
  • Its parts should have equal concern for each other
  • If one part suffers, every part suffers with it
  • If one part is honored, every part rejoices with it

We are all part of one body. In Galatians 6:2, Paul also encourages us that carrying each other's burdens fulfills the Law of Christ. Together we can ensure everyone is supported and we can impact the region with the love of Christ.

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 is 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