Unity Survey (34)
What are the things, in your experience, that have produced unity? What’s your best example of a united group of people?
Difficult and disruptive circumstances as we recently experienced with Hurricane Odile in southern Baja California (Mexico) in bring people together, believers and non-believers alike. Despite it being a time when looters go unchecked, which is a very sad state to which our civilization has dropped, people gather together to help meet the basic needs of others – food, water and shelter. We all know that the condition is well beyond our ability to control, but as believers we know that God is with us and others can see God’s love through our actions. Unity, then becomes loving others both despite and because of circumstances well beyond our control. Through this, God never forsakes us as we continue to look to Him for our provision and energy.
11/5/2014 12:46 PM
Kindness and love forms unity; when you live out others first mentality.
11/5/2014 6:52 AM
Prayer events such as Nat’l Day of Prayer, city wide prayer rallies
11/3/2014 1:11 PM
Since September 2014 G.P.S. Team (God’s Sustained Presence in Schools) have served faithfully w/intercessory prayer bi-weekly, volunteering at Mtn. Sky Jr. Hi by adopting a Christmas family for gifts, & in May give teachers Paradise Bakery catered luncheon, Teach 1 Lead 1 program started plus other volunteer projects. Our GPS motto “We are shaping the future for a future with praying and serving hands”! Yes, we are a faithful, united in purpose. serving team of six.
11/2/2014 1:53 PM
Praying together, sharing testimonies together, singing together, ministering together (evangelism, etc), having a common vision. Best example is a group going on a ministry trip together and actually ministering together–I’ve been part of such teams many times.
11/2/2014 3:07 AM
Common faith, focused purpose, love in diversity. Praying families.
11/1/2014 7:54 AM
I believe that unity is key to success in all areas of life. Being united in Christ Jesus, we can defeat the enemy. I always say two heads are better than one. When I have a dilemma I include my husband or a friend and as for advise so unity is being a team. Sometimes it is difficult or even impossible to get things done unless you get the help of another. “It takes two to tango”. Congregating in the church or home allows us to encourage each other and accountability runs right alongside, so situations are less burdensome.
10/31/2014 1:36 PM
Love & Respect for others and the desire to see others come to Christ.
10/31/2014 2:37 AM
The love that we have for one another and for our God. Working together for the good of our Fathers will to be done and assisting others to do the same. When we see a neighbor in need we assist in love, When we see a slip or a falling we help them back up and going again. We love as the Father loves (one language). Come together in one accord. One purpose. The Glory River is a good example of us working together to grow the Kingdom, to show love to those that are in need and to pray together in one accord for the better of the Kingdom. Stand strong in Unity for a three strand rope is very hard to break.
10/30/2014 11:44 PM
Needing a job and learning to work together in retail. Learning to pray and intercede with different groups. Listening, accepting and respecting 1 another can build unity. Also, removing the masks, being transparent. Best example is those with similar goals. The military community has alot of unity. Some pockets of Christians have unity.
10/30/2014 6:40 PM
The latest and best example follows a group of 5 women I meet with. I am taking them through SALT and the group came about due to 1 of them I was meeting with one-on-one. Prior to the group forming, none of us really knew each other. Through our time together, we have become very intimate, vulnerable, and real. These women are sharing their testimonies and revealing “secrets” they’ve never talked about before. They are coming out of spiritual isolation. They also credit the SALT lessons for teaching them how to live their lives. I’ve never seen anything like it. The depth of their growth and sharing leaves me, and them, blown away. They are describing this time as personally and spiritually cleansing. It is a beautiful thing and I am blessed as well. I’ve shared much of my life with them as well. I believe the areas of our lives where we have been spiritually stunted are being healed and to the glory of God. I cannot even imagine everything the Lord will do with this.
10/30/2014 11:02 AM
Being able to hear and relate to those individuals in the traing. Everyone of us had some hurtful event in our lives. Some we were aware of and others some of us weren’t. Knowing that other experienced pain and brokenness was for me the beginning of healing. The Lord walked with me in dealing with those issues and Susan Sellers is an awesome mentor. I so appreciate her and her insight and her knowledge of God’s word. A united group is one that has a purpose of eagerness to do whatever is needed to accept healing, be a good listener, prays for others, is open to be ministered to, is willing walk through the hurt in orders to receive the healing and direction that we need. We all were willing to expose ourselves to share from our hearts as to what our Lord was doing in our lives! Share the hurt and a willingness to be changed.
10/30/2014 11:00 AM
Allowing the Jesus to be the coach of our team. Praying for discernment as situations arise. A statement for our teams is “We are all for one and one for all” We are all for Jesus and Jesus is for us all. We need not to loose focus of who we are serving. This helps unity in our team of volunteers while serving in the prison system. We serve in different prisons, and we have different teams, and there are times that we need to switch teams and turns around with each other. Thanks to Jesus it’s working for us.
10/30/2014 5:08 AM
When people truly hunger for the TRUE Word of God and the leaders don’t compromise it in any way, and denominationalism is left out. Believe it or not, I once had a group of youth who were hungry for God’s True Word. they didn’t even want to play games, but to devour everything I would give them. hasn’t happened very often, with youth or adults.
10/30/2014 4:56 AM
We have offered S.A.L.T. for many years and one of the many comments about the experience centered on how close the class felt towards each other while the classes were being held. Many groups continued to meet, discuss and fellowship long after their S.A. L.T. experience.
10/30/2014 12:35 AM
loving one another
10/29/2014 11:27 PM
Humility is the most important base for unity. Humility says that I need others. I can learn from others. Philipian
2 passage has been the base that I have followed for bringing unity to the ministries that I have led. The unity of heart and vision that we are experiencing at Iran Alive (www.IranAliveMinistries) is so incredible and refreshing. Without it, we can not impact the nation of Iran.
10/29/2014 4:42 PM
For me it’s a couple walking in unity with God. I remember something in one of the workbooks. Adam and Eve were created to be God’s friends, to be united with God and His purpose is the best example of unity I know. A united group is a group trained and attuned to learn its mission and purpose, a family or a community of believers.
10/29/2014 4:22 PM
A heart attitude to serve, a united goal or vision, care for those you are serving with,flexability, willingness to let people make mistakes. Every 6 mos we take a group from our bible study group to do a dental clinic at an orphanage in Mexico. All are volunteers, including the dentist. All have these characteristics which make our purpose a success.
10/29/2014 1:35 PM
Putting my sister/brothers needs above my own. Best example of a united group of people is a good family.
10/29/2014 1:12 PM
Same belief, same vision, Same passion. The Gideon organization of which I belong.
10/29/2014 10:58 AM
Sports & Sports teams working to achieve the same goal. Employee owned companies as all employees are typically working for the same success of the organization.
10/29/2014 10:55 AM
When a family member is sick. That family and possibly some close friends that are like family become unified in helping that member heal. Either through prayer, being there, or working together to provide the needs of that individual and the family as a whole.
10/29/2014 10:19 AM
A close family unit.
10/29/2014 7:58 AM
Common purpose and vision, cooperation. Currently, Biology Faculty who teach Pathophysiology at Grand Canyon University.
10/29/2014 7:53 AM
a common shared goal or purpose. a family.
10/29/2014 6:23 AM
Commitment to a common goal; testimony to hostile outside world (missions context); strong shared prayer foundation; authentic relationships and accountability. Most unified group has been 1) a Bible study group of women; 2) a faculty department of 4 adults
10/29/2014 6:18 AM
An understanding and commitment to not creating division through bitter words, oppression, misunderstandings gone bad, gossip, lies, deceit, etc.. Accepting each others different maturities with God and accepting each other imperfect life, thought, and reactions, knowing they themselves are imperfect and need kindness from others to be loved, can help create unity. Overlooking an offense and not calling the feeling of being offended a sin can help. Additionally, most of our soured reactions are a result of someone pushing up against our emotional buttons created by our unfortunate and painful life experiences. Another person may not be offended at the same things, because they have a different set of emotional buttons. Therefore, when we feel hurt we can take it up with God and ask for an unveiling and healing of those painful life experiences that created the button. This way we take responsibility of the reaction and don’t blame the other person for what they said. Taking responsibility for our reactions and only pointing out sin as described in the Bible can help create unity. The best example of a unity group of people is a group that supports each other instead of tearing each other down. It is a group of people who look for the reasons God loves each person in the group instead of focusing on the things that bug them. I means including each person not just in activity but in heart felt discussion and prayer. it is a group who cares enough about God that that love and understanding of love spills over onto the other members of the group. it is a group who reaches out to the forgotten and abandoned people of the world because they understand deeply how God reaches out to them.
10/29/2014 6:08 AM
common goal and language, football team
10/29/2014 5:43 AM
Common purpose, common goal. Police, fireman, military
10/29/2014 1:17 AM
When 911 occurred I saw people unifying regardless of religion or race. When ever their is a crisis people unify.
10/29/2014 12:39 AM
Singleness of purpose with focused leadership. Best Example: International House of Prayer in Kansas City
10/29/2014 12:35 AM
Marriage, My wife and I understand more and more that God intended Marriage to be all about unity (cleave). There is really no one else on our team that will stay permanently (even our kids will leave). Soldiers at war are the best example of a united group of people.
10/29/2014 12:02 AM
1. seeking and wanting truth sincerely 2. being purposeful 3. be a man of your word in all things even small things 4. a common burden to get the work done no matter what
10/28/2014 11:31 PM
Angry with God Survey (9)
When people are angry with God – what do you think helps them most?
They need to feel heard. They are heard by God and sometimes need a person to lend an ear.
12/4/2014 3:23 PM
To feel your compassion for them.
12/4/2014 1:41 AM
12/3/2014 12:20 PM
your testimony of the goodnes of God’s grace
12/3/2014 7:07 AM
I believe, in spite of our stubborn attitude toward so much, it is the ultimate finding out about his unconditional love – agape. It is not just an informative process – intellectual information for one but rather holistic comprehension of existence of caring Father and his willingness to be present in one’s life.
12/3/2014 1:50 AM
To experience God answering their prayer or to experience God’s presence in some way.
12/3/2014 1:35 AM
allowing them to vent whatever is within them, then gently reminding them that God knows their situation, and He is ready to help them. But first they must think of Who God is to them, and remember His actions on their behalf in the past, and the Scriptures which affirm His faithfulness. We will not receive unless we believe He hears, and answers, but in His way and His timing.
12/3/2014 1:29 AM
Realizing Christ suffered physically, emotionally, and spiritually to redeem us – it really cost Him a lot, but He felt we’re worth it! Remembering, (1) Rom. 3:23, (2) that the Word says we’ll have troubles in this life – all is not as God had planned, (3) God really does love me, (4) that God knows best.
12/3/2014 1:23 AM
Amazing thing….you can be angry and it doesn’t change His love for you…. Christ can’t come down from that Cross…He never stops loving us! It is finished! He said so!
12/3/2014 12:43 AM
Affirming People Survey (11)
Who have been the most accepting & affirming people in your life and how did that impact you?
My grandmothers were both strong Christians. They constantly told me I was special to God & He had something wonderful in mind for me.
12/22/2014 10:42 AM
Right now in church.Through faith. :))
12/20/2014 7:05 AM
My teacher in nurses training, my Mother , and a teacher at Skyway. They all let me know that I am daughter of the King of Kings and am valuable .
12/19/2014 2:18 AM
I worked for a Dr. When I was young. He totally always supported me regardless became one of my best friends. He was Jewish
12/18/2014 1:33 AM
Sister A my 6th grade teacher. After surviving a psychotic nun in 4th grade and an egomaniacal, abusive male teacher in 5th grade, sister A was a gift from God. She sheltered me, taught all of us kids the joy of art, taught me to play piano and was just so helpful to a poor immigrant kid who had no one to stick up for her and didn’t know how to stick up for herself. Sister A may the LORD shine his face upon you and give you rest. Hope to see you in heaven sister.
12/17/2014 1:16 PM
Many childhood friends, and two friends and their families especially. When around these families, I felt like I belonged, I was wanted, loved, and accepted. Also my paternal grandparents affirmed me all of their lives with their involvement, words of affirmation, gifts, conversations, teaching, playing with us, advice, caring and love. These people impacted me because they helped me believe in myself.
12/17/2014 9:43 AM
Teachers, coaches, and bosses. All recognized my strengths and weaknesses and encouraged me in ways that led me to do the right thing in spite of pressure to simply do whatever it took to accomplish a specific mission.
12/17/2014 6:39 AM
My adopted mother was a Godly woman. She made it clear her love was unconditional no matter what I did or did not do. When I was bad she may have to discipline me but made it clear it was in love. She also taught me about God our Father and His Son Jesus and made in clear via His Word that His love was unconditional also. Thank you Jesus!
12/17/2014 3:10 AM
My dad, even though he was authoritarian.
12/17/2014 2:44 AM
I go to a group of women who share the journey of life together. It has been the most accepting group of people I have ever been in. I can say or do anything and they still love me! Right now I am taking a break because of life circumstances, and I know I will be welcomed back whenever I am ready.
12/17/2014 2:05 AM
Grandparents! I loved to follow them and do everything they asked of me!
12/17/2014 12:57 AM