One key aspect of the Faith Worker is intentional community. We believe that living together as a spiritual family is essential to our testimony of Jesus’ Way (John 13:35).
Just like Jesus’ first disciples and the early Christians, we share everything as common property for the benefit of all (Acts 2:44-45 and 4:32-35). This includes finances, possessions, and homes. It’s not enough to say that we love each other… We must love each other even materially/economically by sharing everything in common so that we may truly learn what it means to love each other as Jesus loves us (John 13:34, 1 John 3:16-18).
Another part of what it means to love each other (which is just as important as sharing our possessions) is supporting one another spiritually and emotionally. Some of the most important work that we do is not about reaching out to the public; instead, it’s about encouraging those of us who have already committed our lives to serving God. Like Jesus told Peter, “If you love me, then feed my sheep” (paraphrase of John 21:15-17). Maintaining a vision of working for God for life can be difficult in this evil world, so it’s extremely important that we build up relationships between spiritual brothers and sisters so that we can help each other endure to the end (Matthew 24:13). Sharing through personal struggles, offering and accepting godly counsel, studying spiritual topics together, praying in unity, and just hanging out and having fun are all helpful components for keeping our spiritual family strong.