Expectations of a Racer

The heartbeat of the World Race is for you to become more like Jesus and engage with the world like He did. Following Jesus is not the easy path. He calls his disciples to die to themselves, because He knows if our own agenda is the motivation, the mission will be compromised and we will never experience the fullness He has for us.

Through the years and as thousands have gone on this journey, we have identified some key factors that will help set you up for success. We will reiterate these expectations throughout the year, as they are integral to you stepping into the kingdom life that God has for you. Your leaders will hold you accountable to these expectations and support you as you strive to walk them out. If you don’t respond to accountability and feedback, we may ask you to leave the World Race so as not to compromise the journey for others who are committed to these expectations. Ultimately, we are for you and want to do all we can to help you grow and follow Jesus. Our expectations are as follows:

  1. A Follower of Jesus. You have a relationship with Jesus as both Lord and Savior. Your beliefs and actions are in line with the Bible and the character of Christ. (Romans 8)
  2. Desire to grow. You are committed to becoming more like Jesus. Racers run their race with a “yes” in their spirits. This will require you to deal with the past — call it baggage, junk, sin, hurt, or past wounds. We are looking for people who are ready to deal with their past and move forward. We want to see you walking into the fullness and fruitfulness God has for you. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
  3. Abandon. Racers follow Jesus on a journey that begins by leaving comfort, friends, and home. Abandonment isn’t a one time thing — there is much you will need to leave behind along the way. God’s plan for abandonment is for us to realize the fullness we have in Him & His plans for us. (Luke 14:33)
  4. Kingdom. As a racer, you are committing to going and spreading the kingdom of God with your words and actions. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, and drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. (Matthew 10:7-8)
  5. Community. You will serve and submit to each other in teams and squads. By loving each other you will be an example to the the world around you. (John 13:35) You will form relationships that are emotionally safe and vulnerable. We expect you to disciple others according to 2 Timothy 2:2, helping each other to grow in faith.
  6. Feedback. Racers speak truth in love by receiving encouragement and correction from one another. This unifies us as one body in order to do the work of Christ. (Ephesians 4:15-16)
  7. Positive attitude. You believe and hope for the best in every situation, even when it gets tough. We ask you to leave negativity behind and to live without complaining or arguing. (Philippians 2:14-15)
  8. Self-governance. You are empowered to take responsibility for your behavior. You must be willing to enforce healthy limits on yourself without being policed. Such areas include manners, time management, personal hygiene, alcohol (if 21+) and tobacco consumption, etc. “I have the right to do anything,” you say — but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” — but not everything is constructive. (1 Corinthians 10:23)
  9. Fitness. The World Race is physically demanding and every racer needs to prepare themselves physically for the journey. We are looking for you to be healthy in every way. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) All racers are required to be able to hike, with their pack and all their gear, 2.2 miles in 38 minutes for our traditional routes and 3.3 miles in 50 minutes for Expedition routes. Pack light and train well!
  10. Your story. We ask you to commit to share your journey through blogging and social media. Sharing the stories of how God is working is an impactful part of your ministry while you are on the World Race. (John 4:39) You will keep a personal blog on theworldrace.org and are expected to make weekly updates. Blogging is a great way to invite others into what God is doing. It also updates your supporters and helps you to process and reflect on your journey.
  11. Relationships. Unless you are married or were in a committed dating relationship before being accepted to the World Race, we ask that you pursue intimacy with the Lord and service in His kingdom. Romantic relationships tend to distract and the exclusivity of romantic relationships usually hurts team unity. We ask you not to pursue, engage in or give the appearance of a romantic relationship with other racers, ministry contacts, locals or people at home from the time of your acceptance through your completion of the World Race.