HarvestNet’s Distinctive Spiritual DNA

To better understand the uniqueness of HarvestNet, both in terms of it’s mission and it’s structure, consider the following key elements of the HarvestNet “spiritual DNA,” which illustrate a number of key values of this ministry organization: 

  • Unity of the Body of Christ (esp. leaders) is a key and core value. This clearly has great meaning to Jesus., as is demonstrated by his final prayer on earth [ John 17: 20-26 – Jesus prayer for unified leadership has self-authenticating message to the world that attests to reality of Jesus & love of God.]​
  • Collaboration and cooperation are a modus operandi blessed by God This results in synergy, win-win outcomes and consilience; and in turn this releases fresh dimensions of creativity and spiritual and natural entrepreneurship.  [ Deut. 32:30; Joshua 23:10 – some things are done better together than apart; some things can only be done together.] 
  • A culture of honor, respect and preferring one another is one that enables an environment to humbly dwell together. This results in a release of God’s grace. [ Ps. 133; James 4:6 - God’s humility plan has distributed his gifts broadly, requiring leaders to humble themselves in order to receive from others what they lack – which results in a different magnitude of God’s grace being released.] 
  • Embracing normative Kingdom life and leadership involves intentionality in proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom in word, deed and power. We are seeking a biblical culture of ministry that incorporates the strengths of the historic, evangelical and charismatic zones of the Church.  [ Ecc. 4:12; Luke 9:1,2 – Normative Christianity in Scripture is clearly Word-based, practical ministry & justice focused, and utterly comfortable and expectant vis-a’-vis the supernatural, present day work of the Holy Spirit.]
  • We embrace a paradigm of ecclesiology that incorporates a both / and appreciation of the Church (Cap “C” in the city/region – I Cor. 1:2) and the churches (little “c” individual congregations – I Cor. 16:9). This expresses both a corporate (“the Body of Christ”) and an individualistic (“members in particular”) understanding and expression of Christ’s Church. [ I Cor. 12:12,14,27 – This is about the paradigm of something not seen in modern times, … the “Church in the city” as a functioning reality.  
  • An understanding and appreciation that the Ephesians 4 five-fold ministry functions (A,P,E,S,T) operate in leadership in both the vocational church-place ministry and marketplace ministry domains, working collaboratively to equip  all for service. [ Eph. 4:12-16 -  This incorporates the notion of how God wishes to empower ALL his people (i.e., the 97-98% in the marketplace), and not just professional clergy (i.e., the 2-3% in the church-place); it incorporates an understanding from the O.T. that both the Kingly line (secular; marketplace) and the Priestly line (religious, church-place) were called and anointed leadership – e.g. Daniel a prophet in marketplace realm; Samuel a prophet in the priestly realm.] 
  • We seek to redefine ministry “success metrics” in a biblically consonant fashion.  An example is to value obedience to Christ which results in the fruit of real transformation – from single lives to whole spheres of influence – vs. a buildings, bodies, budget$ and bravado metric. [James 1:22; John 14:21,24; Matt.7:23 – The accoutrements of success in God’s eyes are frequently not the same as in man’s assessment. Religious activity, success trappings, or even the miraculous are not the measure of a “good and faithful servant” – but simple obedience to God’s Word is a sound measure.]