Our Good Name: Holding Firm to Our Identity in Christ

Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 10.50.05 PMLegend tells of a young soldier, who, while serving in Alexander the Great’s army, became so gripped by fear during a battle that he ran away.

This young soldier’s name was also Alexander.

When Alexander the Great heard of the soldier’s cowardice, he became infuriated and summoned the young man to him. It was only due to the desperate pleading of the soldier’s mother that Alexander spared his life. But Alexander the Great gave the young man one final ultimatum: “Soldier, change your ways, or change your name!” 

One of the most effective ways we as leaders can encourage team growth is to remember whose name we bear. Holding firm to our identity helps us stay the course with confidence and weed out distractions and needless tasks.

Each of us bears the name of Christ as brothers and sisters in God’s family, but we also bear the name of Prison Fellowship International. We are members of a special family that extends to 120 countries.

Our core values are foundational pillars that guide us as leaders of this great ministry:

  • We value unity in Jesus Christ and respect the diversity of Christian church traditions, history, and culture.
  • We value partnership in mission with churches, chaplains, and other compatible organisations.
  • We value each other—the PFI fellowship is a special family
  • We value the people we serve, and those we serve with.

Our name tells people that we value unity in Christ, partnership in mission, and that we pursue justice and healing in the hopes of transformation through the Gospel.

Our good name holds us to an important, God-given standard and should be apparent in all we do. Let’s press on together, encourage personal and team growth, and bear our name well for the glory of God.

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8, NIV).

Article originally published in Prison Fellowship International’s PFI Roundtable.


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