MINISTRY TEAM COMMITMENTS
A Commitment to Jesus
Members of the Ministry Team must first and foremost be committed to Jesus and his gospel as the only Good News for a broken and flawed world. The gospel tells us that Jesus lived the life we should have lived and died to rescue us from the life that we have lived. The gospel, therefore, reveals that a relationship with God is not something we achieve, but something we receive. When we turn to Jesus in faith, God forgives and accepts us based not on who we are or what we have done, but on who Jesus is and what he has done for us. Faith in Jesus, therefore, involves continually turning away not only from doing wrong but also from false motivations for doing right. The Christian life is marked by a growing realization that we are far more weak, flawed, and sinful than we would ever admit, but in Jesus Christ we are more loved, accepted and honored than we could ever imagine.
A Commitment to Serve
As members of the Ministry Team we are committed to loving and serving God and others so that God's restorative reign might be manifested on Texas Tech's campus and beyond. As we continually reorient our lives to the reality of what Jesus has accomplished for us, God frees us from our self-centeredness and elitism so that we might use our gifts to love and serve others. We are encouraged that although service requires sacrifice, God uses sacrifice and suffering to make us more like Jesus and to demonstrate his strength in the midst of our weakness.
A Commitment to Integrity
As members of RUF's Ministry Team, it is important that we are committed to living a life of integrity. We must strive to reflect the counter-cultural values of God's kingdom by the way in which we handle our relationships, bodies, words, influence, resources, food, alcohol, time, etc. But clearly we cannot live lives of integrity by relying on our own strength, determination, or will power. We will struggle with sin throughout our lives, so we must learn how to depend on the grace of the Holy Spirit to repent and believe in the gospel on a continual basis. We do not expect anyone to be without sin – if we did there would be no one on the Servant Team! But as a team we must strive to be honest about our struggles and willing to become more like Jesus through reliance upon the Spirit.
A Commitment of Time
Participation on RUF's Ministry Team will require a time commitment. At a minimum, we expect one another to attend the Ministry Team meetings, the weekly Large Group meeting, and to serve in RUF in some capacity. Organizing an event, coordinating intramural sports, or serving on the music team are wonderful ways to serve your peers. Even joining a small group could be a great first step towards serving others by studying, praying, and sharing our lives with a smaller community of people within RUF.
A Commitment to the Church
Because RUF is an outreach of Christ's church, not a church replacement, we want to model the necessity of the local church by worshipping weekly in a Lubbock church that faithfully preaches the gospel.