While there are many ways to seek the Lord, AVFL serves as little parallels taking time away from the familiar, to be in an environment designed to seek Him. During your time here, you will have the opportunity to grow in your relationship with Him, and as a result grow in:
God's Word - individually, in small groups, and in classes Prayer - individually, and with others Being Others Focused - (a work of the Spirit in our lives) serving on outreaches to various locations in Europe, appreciation/sensitivity to new/different cultures, working together as a team. Purpose - by God's grace, He desires, and can use our lives to be something it couldn't be apart from Him
AVFL is an opportunity to see Him change your life. We invite you to get away for a session in order to spend time with Jesus- getting to know Him, who you are in Him, and what He can do in and through your life.
Our purpose is to allow God to work through us as a team to glorify Himself, and demonstrate His love toward others. Here are some verses to keep in mind:
"For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more. To the weak, I am weak; I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some." 1 Corinthians 9:9,22 "...being like-minded, having the same love, being one in accord and one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." Philippians 2:2-4 "For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. And since we have gifts that differ, according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly." Romans 12:4-6 "Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." 1 Peter 4:8-10
We agree as a team to be flexible in our attitudes, actions, and through circumstances, in order to allow Christ's purposes to be carried out through us
In all our actions, we are individually accountable to God, first, and foremost We agree to be accountable to the team leaders, staff, and other members of our team We also agree to encourage one another to be faithful servants of God Purity
We agree to do our best to stay pure in mind and body. Allowing leaders to keep us accountable
As team members, we pledge to carry out our tasks in a responsible and timely manner We will handle all equipment and assignments as tools and gifts in which God has entrusted to us
We agree to exhibit respect to team members and others, by arriving on time and carrying out tasks on time. If a situation arises which causes one to be late, we agree to inform leaders and/or team members right away We agree that time is given to us for God to accomplish His purposes, and being punctual is an outward display of using God-given time wisely
We agree not to watch any "R" rated films or films that could cause someone to fall into sin We agree not to bring any video game consoles or use our mobile devices to game, unless allowed by a leader
As a team, we realize that we are entering into other cultures as guests We will, to the best of our ability, refrain from passing judgment on customs that are foreign to us because they are simply different We realize that we answer first and foremost to God; therefore we will refrain from any activities that violates God's Word. If this occurs, we will be sensitive as to how we approach this, explaining to the best of our ability the reason for our inability to participate in whatever activity is presenting itself As a team, we will strive to show respect to those who are native to the country we are ministering, by learning their customs and cultures as well as living as they do We hope that we may gain credibility as people with a genuine love for them as we labor to present the news of Christ to them
We will abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages, using narcotics and/or tobacco Alcohol is easy to access in these countries, so we will take extra steps to stay away from this
Before planning any trips outside of our pre-scheduled group itinerary, we will discuss them with a team leader We will not travel anywhere without another team member We agree to stay together in a group wherever we go, unless given permission to be apart from the group
Conflict ResolutionAs a team, we agree that when we have conflicts and differences among ourselves, we will:
through prayer and time in the Word, examine ourselves for selfish motives and unrealistic expectations of the other person take responsibility for our own words and actions approach or confront the other person if it is appropriate. We will do this in love, for the purpose of restoring unity forgive one another and pray together not discuss the matter with other members of the team, causing them to become involved in the conflict. If the conflict cannot be settled among the two parties, they will then seek counsel from a team leader
We realize that each team member is vital and has something unique to contribute. He, or she, should be encouraged or given opportunity to develop and utilize his/her spiritual gifts for the benefit of the whole team.
As a team, we agree to speak only words to and about each other that will serve to build up and encourage. We will refrain from remarks that would hurt or tear down. "With the tongue we will praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?" James 3:9-11
Emergency or Contingency PlanIf an emergency or crisis develops, the team will follow the following principles:
Whatever action is taken, THE TEAM STAYS TOGETHER. There is no room for individual action. If a team member is away from the group at the time of the event, he or she will immediately return to the group and contact the group leader Once the team leader(s) is/are contacted, they will assess the situation and make further contingency plans. If necessary, they will contact a staff member from CCBCE, who will be a communication link to families A decision to leave an area will be made in conjunction with the team leader, the CCBCE ministry director, and national leaders in the region or country. The team leaders or team members will not seek to make a decision without consultation with local national leaders. They know the situation best and know the best way to leave the area
Relationship with God
As team members, we agree to seek out an ever-increasing dependence and deepening relationship with Jesus, by setting personal devotions as a priority and humility before God in all communication and circumstances. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27
Relationships with Others
We seek to place others' needs above of our own and seek out understanding in all relationships. We will respect each other by submitting to one another out of a reverence to Christ. This includes listening to each other's opinions, ideas and needs, and respecting time, property, and sleep. "...and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ." Ephesians 5:21
Relationships with Nationals
In our relationships with nationals, we will be obedient to the absolute truth of God and be men and women of integrity in our behaviors and motives We will respect any cultural differences we may encounter. In all circumstances, we will seek to glorify God. We will demonstrate our love for God and others to the community, educational leaders and interpreters, by respecting their opinions and differences. We will support their endeavors by coming alongside of them with servant hearts and teachable spirits
Relationships with the Opposite Sex and the same Sex
We will uphold the directives of CCBCE/AVFL by maintaining relationships with other team members as brothers and sisters in Christ, and friendship. We will not engage in dating relationships with each other or nationals. We will also respect other cultural values of relationships with the opposite sex
Relationships with the Team Leaders
We will respect our God-given leadership by understanding their responsibility, accepting their decisions, and praying before we approach them with our disagreements. While submitting to their authority, we will treat them as friends, and give them privacy at the proper times.
Calvary Chapel Reaching Europe Short Term Policies
As a short-term missionary participating with CCBCE/AVFL short-term missions, we are reminded that we are ambassadors of the Lord Jesus Christ. As we go to minister, we do not only represent Him, but CCBCE, as well as who we are. This is a tremendous responsibility. Consequently, we confess our dependence on the Holy Spirit, that we will be above reproach in our actions and attitudes as stated in the above Team Covenant.
I hereby release Calvary Chapel and/or Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe-it's agents, employees, and volunteer assistants from any liability whatsoever arising out of injury, damage, or loss, which may be sustained by said applicant. By signing, I agree to recognize the leadership and oversight of the pastoral team at the facility where the program is operating, as well as to abide by the operational regulations and requirements of the facility.
The program is intended to provide encouragement, guidance, and teaching for those with a genuine desire to grow in their walk, and seek the Lord's direction for their life. To ensure that this remains the objective, we do reserve the right to remove at any time, anyone who chooses not to support these intentions.