CULTURE OF UNITY
We often hear about unity in church culture, but it is largely within this year that I’ve truly grown to understand what it means. This summer, I have been serving as an intern at C3 NYC and learning a great deal about what it means to be of “one accord” with my fellow brothers and sisters at church. Pastor Josh shared something really profound in regards to unity and vision. He said that there is one vision for C3 NYC, but there are many areas of empowerment to dream and pray into. As the church continues to grow, we have to maintain unity and the language that we use should be focused — it’s not “my church” it’s “our church”. We are all working together to align to the vision of the house because God blesses unity.
Church culture is a wonderful illustration of what Paul is talking about in Philippians 2 where he discusses showing love to one another and being “one in spirit and of one mind”. He tells the church in verses 3 and 4 to “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to you own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” I constantly see people sacrificing their time weekly, in order to cultivate an environment where everyone can be loved and accepted. It’s really easy to say “I’m tired” or “I don’t feel like it this week”. But in the years that I’ve been planted at C3 NYC, I have never heard anyone say anything like that, despite their feelings. Everyone seems to be partnered together in knowing that no matter what, we want to serve our community and we will do whatever it takes in order to make sure that people feel valued.
It’s beautiful to see even at Dinner Party as there is intentionality to make sure that everyone works together in a partnership. There is no room for ego or pride. Everyone seeks to encourage the other person to be the best that they can be. I know that there have been many times where I struggled to see the good or value in the various projects I’m involved in. I know that I’m so hard on myself sometimes, but I love that I get to be around people that can challenge me to get out of that mindset. I love people like Crisne, who immediately calls out the talents within all of us. She will push us to believe that we can do anything, even when we can’t believe it for ourselves. It’s a cohesive environment of people speaking life over each other and pushing one another to be who they were created to be in Christ.
— JAMILAH CAYENNE