WE ARE COMMITTED...
1. TO SEEK GOD AND TO KNOW HIM
ROJ is committed to know God, His nature, His character and His ways. Ministry is, and should be the outworking of a close
relationship with God, We want to be able to say as did the apostle Paul, "Follow me even as I follow Christ."
2. TO MAKE GOD KNOWN IN OUR PLACE OF MINISTRY
ROJ is committed to making God known where He has called us, among children, in families, and in every arena of society, by
practical means, through evangelism, training and mercy ministries. We believe that salvation of souls should result in
transformation of societies, thus obeying Jesus' command to make disciples of all nations. We seek especially to be both a
catalyst and a means of change, helping "the hearts of the fathers return to the children and the children to the fathers before the
great and wonderful day of the Lord."
3. TO HEAR GOD'S VOICE
ROJ is committed to creating with God through listening to Him, praying His prayers and obeying His commands in matters
great and small. Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice." We are dependent upon hearing His voice as individuals, together in
team contexts and in larger corporate gatherings. This is an integral part of our process for decision making.
4. TO PRACTICE WORSHIP AND INTERCESSORY PRAYER
ROJ is dedicated to worship Jesus and engage in intercessory prayer as integral aspects of daily life. We also recognize the
intent of Satan to destroy the work of God and we call upon God's power and the Holy Spirit to overcome his strategies in the
lives of individuals and in the affairs of nations.
5. TO BE VISIONARY
ROJ is called to be visionary, continually receiving, nurturing and releasing fresh vision from God. We both pioneer and support
the pioneering of new ministries and methods, always willing to be radical in order to be relevant to every generation, people
group, and sphere of society. We believe that the apostolic call of ROJ requires the integration of spiritual eldership with the
wisdom gained thereby, freedom in the Spirit and relationship, centered on
the Word of God.
6. TO CONCENTRATE ON HEALING HURTING CHILDREN
ROJ is called to heal hurting and abandoned children and find fine Christians families to nurture them. We believe our part of
making that happen is to enable called and gifted young people to spearhead vision and ministry. We are committed to value
them, trust them, train them, support them, make space for them and release them. They are not only the Church of the future;
they are the Church of today. We believe children are enabled by the same Holy Spirit as adults and should be allowed to
7. TO CONCENTRATE ON THE CALLING RATHER THAN THE STRUCTURE
ROJ is structured for enabling child and family healing. We believe structures should serve the people and the purposes of
God. However, the purpose, vision, values and relationships that we are called into, supersede any man-made structure in
importance. ROJ ministers at every level have both the privilege and responsibility of accountability to a circle of elders, with
overall international accountability to God, to ROJ partners, ministers, and the body of Christ. If the structure ever gets in the way
of the calling and purposes of God, we must be ready to sacrifice the structure to enable the calling.
8. TO BE INTERNATIONAL AND INTERDENOMINATIONAL
ROJ is international and interdenominational. We believe that ethnic, linguistic and denominational diversity, along with
redeemed aspects of culture, are positive factors that contribute to the health and growth of our mission.
9. TO HAVE A BIBLICAL WORLD-VIEW
ROJ is called to a Biblical world-view. We believe that the Bible makes a clear division between good and evil; right and wrong.
The practical dimensions of life are no less spiritual than the ministry expressions. Everything done in obedience to God has a
spiritual source, purpose and dimension. We seek to honor God with all that we do, equipping and mobilizing men and women
of God to take roles of service and influence in every arena of society.
10. TO FUNCTION IN TEAMS
ROJ is called to function in teams in all aspects of ministry and leadership. We believe that a combination of complementary
gifts, callings, perspectives, ministries and generations working together in unity at all levels of our mission provides wisdom
and safety . Seeking God's will and making decisions in a team context allows accountability and contributes to greater
relationship, motivation, responsibility and vision ownership.
11. TO EXHIBIT SERVANT LEADERSHIP
ROJ is called to servant leadership as a lifestyle, rather than a leadership hierarchy. As Jesus taught us we will lead by
example. A servant leader is one who is not above washing the feet of his followers (or taking on other menial tasks) and who
honors the gifts and callings of those under his/her care and guards their rights and privileges. Those with leadership
responsibilities lead best by serving those whom they lead.
12. TO DO FIRST, THEN TEACH
ROJ is committed to doing first, then teaching. We have committed to preaching the Gospel at all times by our deeds, then as
necessary using words. We believe that firsthand experience gives authority to our words. Godly character and a call from God
are more important than an individual's gifts, abilities and expertise.
13. TO UNITE AND ALWAYS BE RELATIONSHIP-ORIENTED
ROJ is dedicated to being relationship-oriented in our living and working together, with the emphasis on TOGETHER. We
desire to be united through lives of holiness, mutual support, transparency, humility, and open communication, rather than a
dependence on structures or rules. John 17:20-23
14. TO VALUE THE INDIVIDUAL
ROJ is called to value each individual. We believe in equal opportunity and justice for all. Created in the image of God, people of
all nationalities, ages and functions have distinctive contributions and callings. We are committed to honoring God-given
leadership and ministry gifts in both men and women.
15. TO VALUE FAMILIES
ROJ affirms the importance of families serving God together in missions, not just the father and/or mother. We encourage the
development of strong and healthy family units, with each member sharing the call to missions and contributing their gifts in
unique and complementary ways.
16. TO RELY ON RELATIONSHIP-BASED SUPPORT
ROJ is called to a relationship-based support system, depending upon God and His people for financial provision, both
corporately and individually. We believe that relationship-based support promotes responsibility, accountability, communication,
and mutual prayer. It involves the donor as a partner in ministry. As God and others have been generous toward us, so we
desire to be generous. ROJ ministers give themselves, their time and talents to God through the mission with no expectation of
remuneration or personal profit.
17. TO PRACTICE HOSPITALITY
ROJ affirms the ministry of hospitality as an expression of God's loving character and the value of the people of His creation. We
believe it is important to open our hearts, homes, ministry sites and offices to serve and honor one another, our guests and the
poor and needy, not as acts of social protocol, but as expressions of the same generosity that God has demonstrated to us.
|Our Beliefs and Practices
~ We respect the individual, and believe that individuals
respond by giving their best. initiative on things that, given
our mission, should be done. Individual initiative is doing
remember that the price of freedom is responsibility. Act
~ Clarity in understanding our mission, our goals, and
what we expect from each other is critical to our success.
Stay connected and stay current.
~ We require complete honesty and integrity in
everything we do. If you make a mistake, confession is the
best damage control. Furthermore, we see a huge
difference between "good mistakes" (best effort, bad result)
and "bad mistakes" (sloppiness or lack of effort).
~ We make commitments with care, and then live up to
them. In all things, we do what we say we are going to do.
Consult if you are unsure.
~ Work and ministry is an important part of life, and it
should be fun. Being a good minister or business person
does not mean you must be stuffy and boring. But it does
mean you pray about your work.
~ We are believers in the Golden Rule. In all our
dealings we will strive to be radically honest, friendly and
courteous, as well as fair and what we do. God's will is
only God's will when it is done God's way.
~ We feel a sense of urgency on any matters related
to those dependant on us. We own their problems and are
always responsive. We are client driven. BOTH those we
help and those who help us help others are our clients.
When in doubt have mercy on the least able. That
generally means we must focus our attention and help on
abandoned or institutional children, the handicapped and
~ Keep an attitude of gratitude about you.
|~ ROJ OPERATING CORE VALUES AND BELIEFS INTERNAL CODE
|not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of
your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish,
but understand what the will of the Lord is. Eph 5:15-17
We are Christians
for the peace of
We who are associated with River of Joy believe that the Bible is God's inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus
Christ is God's son; that people are created in God's image; that He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ; that
although all people have sinned and come short of God's glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the
cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God's initiative of
grace towards us; that God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth; and that the Holy Spirit's
power is demonstrated in and through us to, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God
belongs to such as these." (Mark 10:14) and for the accomplishment of Christ's last commandment, "...Go ye into all the world
and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). We subscribe to the 1974 International Lausanne Covenant.