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OUR VISION FOR SPIRITUALITY WITHIN A RULE OF LIFE

Corporate & Individual Commitments to Help us Engage our Common Spirituality

Living and working in neighbourhoods suffering in poverty has many challenges. Many worry about burn-out, compassion fatigue and how they will be able to care for their own needs if they position themselves in what feels like a more vulnerable place in society. We also want to work alongside people who hold a range of theological perspectives, biblical interpretations and spiritual practices. How do we design a communal and individual life that resonates with our uniqueness and needs for thriving?

 

Servant Partners staff choose to follow a Rule of Life to guide our rhythms of engagement and rest together. This is an ancient practice many Christian communities have found as a life-giving support. Our rhythms flow out of Jesus' mission statement found in Luke. 

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has 
anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He
has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and
recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed
free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
-Luke 4:18-19, NIV

We believe God has called us to work alongside our neighbours and a way that God chooses to meet with us. As we seek the shalom of the city, we find our own shalom.  (Jeremiah 29:7) Our work is a part of our own thriving and transfomation. We need times and seasons of rest to focus solely upon Jesus, but we also remain attentive to His presence and work in us as we go about our daily lives, as we pray and work to see His kingdom come. 

 

Because of this, we commit to this Rule of Life which encourages us towards a common spirituality as a movement, a common posture of listening and responding to God in the midst of our collective call. Our Rule of Life has both corporate and individual commitments, to help us engage our common spirituality with discernment and intentionality. We do not want to create a legalistic, perfectionistic “to do list”, but rather we choose to live into this spiritual vision with the freedom and flexibility of the Holy Spirit.

FOUR STREAMS OF OUR SPIRITUALITY

WALKING

BY THE

SPIRIT

Emphasizing our relationship with Jesus

BREAKING THE

CHAINS OF

OPPRESSION

Emphasizing seeking

justice

PROCLAIMING

THE GOSPEL TO

THE POOR

Emphasizing communicating the Gospel

LIVING THE

JUBILEE

SABBATH

Emphasizing God's kingdom rest and restoration

By God’s grace and power, we walk by the Spirit, proclaim the Gospel in words and actions,  working to break the chains of oppression within our own communities and resting in hope of the Jubilee Sabbath.

Our Rule of Life commitments are spiritual rhythms that enable us to create space in our lives for these four streams to flow and enable God’s transforming work in every dimension of our lives. The rhythms are:

  • DAILY: Time each day for connecting with Jesus through personal worship, prayer and scripture

  • WEEKLY:  one day of Sabbath rest

  • MONTHLY: One day a month for prayer to deepen our relationship with Jesus

  • CYCLICALLY: A Sabbatical year every seven years, as well as a short break after 2 years of service.

 

In addition to these rhythms, we have spiritual practices that prioritize relationships with people and our communal relationship with God:

  • We will each invest deeply in a focused, intentional way in relationships by mentoring two people

  • We will study the word individually, as teams, and as a movement regularly when we gather together.

Curious to learn more?

Read more about the streams, as well as the commitments made by Servant Partners staff, in our full Rule of Life booklet.

Want to take a personal retreat with our Four Streams of our Spirituality? 

View our Retreat Guide, developed to help Servant Partners staff reflect on their Rule of Life commitments. Please do not share or redistribute this without permission. If you would like to meet with a staff after using this material as a personal retreat, please email Krista-Dawn.Kimsey@servantpartners.ca to book a complimentary debrief session. 

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STATEMENT OF FAITH

We desire to be a broad ecumenical Christian community including people from Evangelical, Episcopal, Charismatic, Orthodox, Catholic and Mennonite backgrounds, in addition to others.

 

Servant Partners affirms the following Statement of Faith and the Lausanne Covenant and is committed to the belief and practices outlined.

We believe in:

 

  1. The sovereignty and grace of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption, and final judgement.

  2. The divine inspiration of the Holy Scripture and its consequent entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

  3. The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the Fall, bringing everyone under God’s wrath and condemnation.

  4. The self-giving sacrifice of the incarnate Son of God as the sole ground of redemption from the guilt, penalty, and power of sin.

  5. The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith alone in Christ crucified and risen from the dead.

  6. The illuminating, regenerating, indwelling, and sanctifying work of God the Holy Spirit in the believer.

  7. The unity and common priesthood of all true believers, who together form the one universal Church, the Body of which Christ is the Head.

  8. The expectation of the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The statement below is the Lausanne Covenant copied with permission from the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism.

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  • Saskatoon, SK, Canada
    Contact Person: Katelyn Siggelkow, katelyn.siggelkow@servantpartners.org Site Team Members: We are looking for team members who are excited to be part of shaping the vision for the future of Servant Partners Saskatoon. Together, we will participate in community organizing to see the many diverse populations in this community come together around common hopes and longings for our neihgbourhood. A willingness to learn from and listen to the neighbourhood is key to this planting role, and a high level of initiative, creativity, and a "learn as we go" attitude are essential. Mature Christians who understand how the "good news" is good for them and their neighbour will thrive in this role as we pursue healing and transformation alongside our neighbours.
  • Global and USA based roles available
    View the roles available at the Servant Partners USA site
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