A True VIMER

A True VIMER
 
It is easy to get caught up in the work of the project and forget the basic premise of being a mission volunteer. The training manual reminds us of effective team member qualities and responsibilities.
 
A Volunteers In Mission team is the physical representation of the Body of Christ. As team members
share the love of Jesus Christ, both in the local church and in the mission field, they represent Christ’s
presence in the place where they serve.
 
Essential qualities of effective team members are:
 
A Christ-centered life.
Commitment to the mission work of the church.
Commitment to orientation and training.
Willingness to follow guidance from the team leader.
Flexibility and openness to other cultures and ways of worship.
Willingness to serve in friendship and mutuality with the host and the host church.
A cooperative and courteous way of relating to others.
An enthusiastic and positive attitude.
 
Responsibilities of team members are:
T E A M E M B E R E S P O N S I B I L I T I E S
To have an attitude of servant hood
1. Lift up God in all that you do; radiate Christ’s love by actions, attitude, and words.
2. Recognize that your attitude and behavior are crucial to the effectiveness of the team’s mission.
3. Keep an attitude that is characterized by love, patience, joy, and service.
4. Be flexible. Be patient. Be relaxed.
5. Adapt to different living conditions (schedule, noise, food, work, etc.)
6. Remember that relationships with people are more important than work results.
7. Serve Christ and his people so that both the purpose and the task of the mission will be accomplished.
 
To have an attitude of teamwork
1. Share Christ’s spirit of kindness, acceptance, and unity.
2. Think team, not self. Plan to participate in and cooperate with all team activities.
3. Volunteer for and accept assignments for team duties.
4. Be sensitive to others and considerate of them. Be willing to listen—really listen.
5. Keep the purpose and task of the team in focus. The purpose is to share Christ’s love in a
spirit of kindness, acceptance, and unity.
6. Respect the leadership of the UMVIM team leader, recognizing that some decisions will
need to be made by him or her.
7. Attend training sessions. Complete and turn in forms and money on due dates as indicated
by the team leader.
8. Covenant with the team for a work schedule while at the mission. Have realistic goals for
your part of the team task, knowing that physical conditioning, equipment, and travel to
the worksite may limit team output.
9. Creatively support and encourage fellow team members in fulfilling the purpose of the mission. Recognize the unique contribution of each team member