Service is a nice concept but we often use the word without any true allegiance to what the Lord expects of His servants. The following ideas of reconciliation, relocation, and redistribution (the “Three Rs”) fit quite nicely with our theology of Christian Community Development:
- A servant does not have a message of his own. He is the mouthpiece of His Master. Just as an ambassador is expected to promote the views of his country and government, so also the servant of God is His representative on earth and His message is Reconciliation. As Paul puts it, ”You are ambassadors of reconciliation.“ Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection is solidified in this message.
- A servant does not have a country of his own. He is only a pilgrim in a foreign land until His Master calls him home or to another destination. As servants of God, where He calls us is where we need to be. Relocation is the mindset of Christ that we should have during our pilgrimage here on earth. He left the splendor of heaven for the lowest possible state of human existence. None of us could ever match such a sacrifice.
Creative community development requires that the implementing staff be an active part of the community. That is what is meant by relocation; going to the people and joining them in all areas of life, including taking on the problems of the community as your own. Simply put, you must live in the community to be part of the development process.
People need to be reconciled to God and to each other. With reconciliation the dignity of the poor is preserved. We relate to the poor from an attitude of reconciliation and equality.
- A servant does not have any possessions of his own. He is only the manager of His Master’s resources. When we understand that all we have belongs to the Lord, it is more enjoyable and fulfilling to redistribute our excess resources to those in need. This is the opportunity to return unto the Lord what is rightfully His (The earth is the Lord’s and all who live in it) and at the same time be able spend it for the glorify of his kingdom here on earth. This is the very essence of redistribution.
Redistribution has to do primarily with sharing skills and resources in order to produce self-sufficiency in individuals and the community.
HCDF Statement of Faith
HCDF has adopted the Nicene Creed as its Statement of Faith.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.