servant and leadership team
The SERVANT AND LEADER TEAM (SALT) is a group of students committed to an apprenticeship with Jesus. There are three critical pursuits of this apprenticeship which SALT will seek to foster and develop:
(1) nurture a personal relationship with Jesus,
(2) build a strong spiritual family, and
(3) pursue the lost people around them.
𝗡𝗨𝗥𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗘 an abiding relationship with Jesus
Jesus says in John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Students who commit to SALT don’t have it all together. They haven’t “arrived.” Ministry to others is not the next step in your relationship with Jesus, but a natural result from it. While we do want to help you walk in the good works God has prepared for you (Ephesians 2:10), the foremost goal of SALT is the cultivation of a flourishing, abiding relationship with Jesus.
𝗕𝗨𝗜𝗟𝗗 a strong spiritual family
The body of believers, past and present, is known as the Church universal. We experience the manifestation of this spiritual lineage by living in close community with other believers. A close group of believing friends in your current time and location is essential for you to experience the full and abundant life Jesus offers. This is not a social club! The body of Christ is pictured in scripture as a family, not a friend group. This means we should expect to learn from those older in the faith. It also means, we should expect to help and instruct those that are younger. In The Navigators, we call this spiritual generations. We see it modeled in the life of Jesus and his disciples, so it certainly isn’t “ours.” 2 Timothy 2:2 says, “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” You have a place in this family, and you have a role in its growth.
𝗣𝗨𝗥𝗦𝗨𝗘 the lost
As Jesus’ earthly ministry began to spread, Luke records a pivotal observation in Luke 9:2, “...and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.” Jesus’ ministry focused on two elements: proclaiming the Kingdom of God and manifesting the Kingdom of God. For us to pursue lost people in this lost world means the same thing as it did to Jesus and his disciples two thousand years ago. We are charged to pursue relationships with the lost so that we might be able to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom to them. We also seek to manifest the beauty, justice, equity, and righteousness of the Kingdom to those who are lost. This charge means we speak verbally about Jesus, his resurrection, and our need for redemption. This charge to pursue the lost also means we serve local institutions that bring justice and equity to our community.