Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by ‘inspired by the Golden Rule’?

The Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you) is our inspiration because we believe it is the broadest way of spreading The Great Commandment: Love God and Love Others.  It is also a direct call-out to servant leadership, to lead others the way you want to be lead.

Is Relā a faith-based organization?

Yes.  Practical faith is at the heart of Relā, firmly placing Jesus at the center of that faith.  Our hope is to empower others to engage their faith in new ways, right where they are.  All of our programming is inspired by the life of Jesus and his heart for others; channeling our effort in ways that help others engage in the community in meaningful ways, including:

  • Linking People
  • Rallying Leaders
  • Experiencing God
Why is a faith-based organization focused on leadership development?

Relā is focused on leadership development because we believe it is a tangible way to grow people who in turn, impact communities.  We believe one of the greatest responsibilities we have as Christians and as a faith-based organization, is to equip others to live out their mission in life, wherever that mission is.   To do this, we must be about the business of developing others in ways that empower them to empower others, creating widespread change.

Are all of your programs faith forward?

Our faith flows through everything we do; however, not all of our programs are faith forward. In this, we are better positioned to bring together people from all walks of life to connect and grow together with one primary goal in mind: to serve others.

Are your programs for Christians only?

Absolutely not. We embrace inclusivity - everyone is welcome. Even our most faith forward programming is found to be relevant to a wide audience, as they present timeless messages found to resonate with all. Leadership, connecting with others, serving the community and loving people are relevant topics to everyone and we welcome anyone interested in learning more!

How does your organization engage in spreading the Gospel of Jesus?

Relā believes gospel-spreading takes place in five primary ways (Kingdom Calling, Sherman, p. 95):

  1. Evangelism: cultivating friendships, connections and activities with others in an effort to directly share one's own faith.
  2. Ethics: personal morality and social righteousness.
  3. Enrichment: personal and spiritual development.
  4. Experience: purpose and calling found through all vocation.
  5. Everywhere Integrator: combination of the above 4 modes as often as possible.

While each of these areas of gospel-spreading are important, we recognize no one organization can do them all, all of the time. Our programming most directly falls into the categories of Enrichment and Experience. This, therefore, gives those engaged with Relā opportunities to grow in Ethics, better enlist Evangelism and ultimately, integrate all four areas Everywhere, when possible.

Why do you promote Servant Leadership?

We promote Servant Leadership because we believe Servant Leadership embodies the way Jesus lead. The strength of true servant leadership gives way to empowering others and it changes communities, large and small, for the better. Servant leadership invites everyone in and says we all have a role to play.

Is Servant Leadership the best way to lead?

We believe the best way to lead is with a Servant Leader mindset. This means that while we embrace Servant Leadership as the preferred leadership method, we recognize the need to employ other leadership styles. Regardless of the style needed to lead in any given moment, the Servant Leader can lead from a mindset of service to others even if they must take actions indicative of other leadership styles.

What do you mean by Better Leaders?

When we say Better Leaders we mean leaders who lead the way they want to be led; leaders who are more loving, and care about creating lasting positive change in the world around them by empowering others. Better Leaders are those who are:

  • Thriving Personally
  • Developing Professionally
  • Deepening Spiritually
What do you mean by Better world?

When we say better world, we mean a world where we are working together to solve issues bigger than ourselves. Real change happens through collaboration, and we need everyone on board to make a difference. A better world is one where the needs of our neighbors are met, people are living to their full potential, leaders are creating more leaders, and everyone is taking part in their communities as a result of a desire to serve.  This looks like:

  • Loving Others
  • Enhancing lives
  • Restoring Communities