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Multi-Faith

Glocal.net works with churches to help them relate to people of other faiths and  create opportunities for their members to serve the community with those other groups through the domains of society.

The global world is at our doorstep.  In every city and community, you find people of different faiths living and working together.  Multifaith is the word we use to describe creating relationships that respect the faith of others while not asking them to compromise their own faith.  It is different than inter-faith where some seek to water down the beliefs of all involved to a common level.

Our approach to helps pastors and members engage leaders of other faiths follows a 4-step process.

Connect

The initial step is to connect with leaders and build relationships.  This step takes many forms from coffee meetings to facilitated conversations.  The focus is to build respect and trust with one another–to understand one another’s faith journey, personal experiences and life expectations.

Learn

Learning flows naturally out of proper relationships.  It involves understanding a leader’s organization, capabilities, history and vision.  Western culture, often jumps to this stage too soon, or even tries to begin at this step. Many projects never get implemented because the proper relationships for success have not been established.

The key concept in a multifaith engagement is Hand-Heart-Head:

  • Hand – working together to improve the lives of those involved and their community.
  • Heart – by working together for common good, people’s hearts are turned toward one another
  • Head – based on those relationships, people can begin to have conversations of faith with understanding and respect.

Leverage

Once working relationships and a track record of success have been established, resources can be leveraged to increase results through large multifaith events, community projects , or city-wide efforts.

Multiplication

Multiplication seeks to replicate the initial success of the group.  This may include scaling impact throughout a domain or replicating success models into different domains and relationships.

Using this four-step method, Glocal.net works with its partners to create opportunities for multifaith engagement.  Using our Global Collaboration Communities (GCCs) model, we help churches understand, plan and implement efforts in their church, their community and around the world by connecting them to opportunities and equipping them for multifaith endeavors.