We believe in God’s design for leadership, and that individuals in leadership positions at Atlanta Dream Center (ADC) have been granted authority to lead by God through the ADC Board of Directors and the senior leadership of ADC. As leaders, we are committed to pursuing the heart of God and His will.
We desire to support and encourage you, our volunteers, in your own healing and spiritual walk with Christ. While we do not expect perfection from any volunteer, choosing not to submit to the authority of the leadership at ADC could have potentially dangerous or otherwise harmful consequences for the team and for the individuals the team serves. Failure to comply with direct instructions and expectations that you’ve committed to can be grounds for dismissal from serving.
Our heart with these expectations is not to be self-righteous or legalistic, but it is a sincere desire to be holy. We want our very lives to be a sacrifice to the Lord, acceptable and pleasing to Him. We also seek to live in a manner worthy of the gospel and befitting a disciple of Jesus.
By accepting a volunteer position within ADC, I agree to abide by the following:
- My first priority is my relationship with Jesus, and I commit to pursuing Him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I understand that my identity is not in what I do but in whom God has declared me to be. (John 2:12)
- Recognizing the importance of my own emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being as I pour into the lives of others, I will seek to actively connect within a church body for my own spiritual growth, encouragement, healing, and accountability as a follower of Jesus. (1 Corinthians 12; Hebrews 10:25)
- I will consciously guard the unity of ADC. If I have a problem to be resolved, I will reach out to that person directly and/or the appropriate team leaders accordingly. When I do have a conflict to be addressed, I will do so in a way that honors and restores those involved. (Ephesians 4:3; Matthew 18:15–17; Romans 12:18)
- I will be thoughtful with my words, knowing the “tongue has the power of life and death” (Proverbs 18:21). As part of the Body of Christ, I will not slander, malign, verbally attack, nor share in gossip, neither will I break the confidentiality of staff, volunteers, or individuals being served. I will use my words to encourage and build others up in the Lord. (Titus 3:2; Ephesians 4:29)
- I will choose a life of sobriety. If under the age of 21, I will abstain from drinking alcohol in accordance with the law. If 21 or older, realizing the impact my example could have on those we serve and others, I will not become intoxicated when drinking and will carefully weigh the repercussions when choosing to drink in a public/social setting and regarding social media. (Ephesians 5:18; Romans 13:1; 1 Corinthians 10:31-33)
- I will pursue a life of sexual integrity and purity, honoring the Lord and others by abstaining from premarital sex, adultery, homosexual relations, consumption of pornography, and inappropriate relationships with survivors. (1 Corinthians 6:9-20; Acts 21:25; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8)
- I will consciously guard what I watch, read, and listen to so as not to grieve the Holy Spirit. I will seek to live above reproach, including abstaining from even the appearance of evil. (Philippians 4:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Romans 12:2; Matthew 6:22-23;
1 Corinthians 6:12)
These expectations are intended for people serving in a more in-depth position (i.e., Metro Kidz, Encounter, Jail, Hotline, Rescue Team, Safe Home, Mentor, etc.), not for those serving in an event capacity (i.e., Princess Night, Compassion Night, Adopt-a-block, Christmas Toy Giveaway).