Basis of faith and cooperation
As a network, we require our network members (and affiliates) to agree to the following basis of faith and basis of cooperation.
1. Basis of Faith
- The sovereignty and grace of the triune God, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
- The divine inspiration and infallibility of the Old and New Testaments as originally given and their consequent entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
- The universal sinfulness and guilt of fallen human beings, making them subject to God's wrath and condemnation.
- The substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ the incarnate Son of God as the sole and all-sufficient ground of redemption from the guilt and power of sin and from its eternal consequences.
- The justification of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ who was crucified and bodily raised from the dead.
- The illuminating, regenerating, in-dwelling and sanctifying work of God the Holy Spirit
- The priesthood of all believers, who form the universal Church, the Body of which Christ is the Head, and which is committed by His command to the proclamation of the Gospel throughout the world.
- The expectation of the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory.
2. Basis of Cooperation
* MAP is the Northern Ireland sub-office of Global Connections. The Global Connections basis of cooperation is therefore applied to MAP.
2.1 Autonomy and respect
Global Connections is a network and consequently each network member is a separate charity and so completely autonomous. The network is a diverse community and we acknowledge that there will be differences over issues which are not essential to salvation. Such autonomy and diversity therefore needs to be respected and honoured.
It is expected therefore that network members shall not be the subject of public criticism or censure by others in the network because of any other associations, national or international, in which they are involved. Such relationships shall be deemed the private concern of each member. In particular, it is expected that personal hostility and abuse will be absent from the network, with truth spoken in love and gentleness.
We owe it to each other not to make public comment on the alleged behaviour or statements of others and to first confer directly with them to establish what was actually intended. We should seek to commend what we can, to weigh the proportional significance of what we perceive to be in error, and to put a charitable construction on what is doubtful, expressing all with courtesy, humility and graciousness. If after this network members have concerns about any other network member, this should be passed on to the Global Connections Board.
It is hoped that network members will participate actively in the network. It is our experience that those who participate actively receive the most in return.
Network members commit themselves to paying the appropriate annual donation at the earliest opportunity to further the administration of the network office. One year’s notice needs to be given if a network member wishes to resign.
2.3 Values and ethics
In all activities, network members should be characterised by honesty and integrity. Network members should conduct their work in harmony with Christian principles and high ethical standards, ensuring they recognise the laws of countries in which they work.
The way that each network member is governed and managed should be made clear and publically available via their website and public documents.
Network members are expected to maintain high standards of integrity in the areas such as publicity, fund raising and finances, so that the cause of world mission is commended.
2.4 Avoiding duplication and competition
We rejoice in the spread of the good news across the world. It is expected that network members commit themselves to this task in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.
Wherever possible, network members should foster consultation and cooperation with others in related areas of work, and seek to avoid unnecessary competition.
In direct approaches to churches, trusts and individuals, agencies should show respect for their existing commitments to others.