World Race Commitment
Pursuing the Kingdom of God through intimacy, community and mission.
Intimacy – choosing to trust
- Identity rooted in Christ – (Galatians 2:20) You are committed to becoming more like Jesus. You will run your race with a “yes” in your spirits. 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.
- Faith grounded in Scripture – (2 Timothy 3:16-17) You are committed to dive into Scripture through avenues like Bible Studies that we will provide for you, to learn and grow into deeper connection with God.
- Relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – (Hebrews 4:16, James 4:8) You are committed to humbly approach God, drawing near to Him as He draws near to you. This will require abandoning areas that you have clung to in the past for comfort and allowing Him to lead you through brokenness and into dependence on Him.
Community – choosing humility
- Spiritual Gifts Activated – (1 Cor. 12: 4-6) You are committed to activate your teammates and squadmates in the gifts they have been given, humbly celebrating the differences you see around you, while also stepping into the gifts you have been given.
- Feedback – (Hebrews 10:24-25) You are committed to encourage and challenge the people around you to look more like Jesus on a daily basis.
- Unity – (John 13:35) You are committed to chose to love your brothers and sisters in all things. You will form relationships that are emotionally safe and vulnerable.
Mission – choosing intentionality
- Spread the Good News – (Matthew 4:17-23) You are committed to spreading the kingdom of God through various ministry opportunities including sharing God’s story through your World Race blog weekly.
- Make Disciples – (Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 2:2) You are committed to making disciples of all nations, that is to show others to live and love like Jesus as you do the same. This includes learning and understanding culture and sharing in a way that people are able to understand and follow you as you follow Christ. We expect you to disciple others according to 2 Timothy 2:2, helping each other to grow in faith while speaking truth in love.
- Love all – (Luke 4:18-20, Matt 22:37-40) You are committed to seeing and treating all people as beloved. You will partner with the Father to reverse oppression in its various forms through sacrificial love.
*All Racers are expected to submit to each program’s 101 Policy and Rule Guidelines
World Race: Gap Year Commitment
By participating in the World Race, I commit to the following expectations and understand that I will be held accountable to them by my leadership team:
Kingdom mindset. As a result of my relationship with Jesus, I commit to spreading the kingdom of God with my words and actions. As I go, I will 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).
Abandonment. I commit to putting my expectations, entitlement, comfort, friends, and family second to following Jesus. “Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters—yes, even one’s own self!—can’t be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26).
Willingness to grow. I am committed to becoming more like Jesus by running my Race with a “yes” in my spirit. I’m ready to move forward from my current sin and past wounds by renewing my inner thought life and outward choices. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Positive attitude. I will believe and hope for the best in every situation, even when it gets tough. I will leave negativity behind and live without complaining or arguing. (Philippians 2:14-15).
Self-governance. I will take responsibility for my behavior, which includes but is not limited to: time management, financial stewardship, personal hygiene, and honoring those around me (including my authority.) I will abstain from all use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco (including hookah) for the duration of my Race. “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).
Community. I will serve and submit to my squad-mates and squad leadership as the body of Christ. By loving my brothers and sisters, I will be an example to the world around me. (John 13:35) I will form relationships that are emotionally safe and vulnerable. I will disciple others according to 2 Timothy 2:2, helping others to grow in faith while speaking truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15-16).
Relationships. Unless I was in a committed dating relationship before being accepted to the World Race, I will refrain from pursuing or giving the appearance of a romantic relationship with other Racers, ministry contacts, locals, or people at home from the time of my acceptance through the completion of the World Race. This includes no cuddling, lying on each other, holding hands, long hugs, sharing hammocks/sleeping bags/beds, or giving massages. No late night one-on-ones or extended time together. This is to create an atmosphere of focus in order for me to “set [my] eyes on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2).