When "God created the heavens and the earth," he had a world-wide kingdom in mind. His key strategy for building that kingdom centered on his image bearers - male and female. Their shared mission was to represent him and to advance his kingdom over every square inch of this planet. And he called them to build it together.
He couldn't have been clearer about the makeup of this team than when he made the unqualified statement, "It is not good for the man to be alone," and created a woman as the resolution to that problem. Put more starkly, God's strategy is not primarily for men to work with men, or women to work with women, but for a blessed alliance in which his sons and daughters band together as warriors for his purposes.
God put his stamp of approval on this strategic partnership when he blessed them and commissioned them together with their global mandate (Genesis 1:28).
Sin broke up the Blessed Alliance. Jesus brings it back. He calls his followers - male and female - to be one body where every member is vital to the health and strength of the whole.
At Synergy, we embrace God's creation vision for men and women to serve him together. We aren't settling for any awkward, hobbling three-legged race. Our sights are set higher than maintaining a delicate balance by determining who does what and when and where. We want to recover this Blessed Alliance in our ministry relationships - where men and women are sprinting forward together to fulfill God's calling on their lives.
Mark your calendar - March 6-8, 2009 - and plan to join us at Synergy! Our brothers are coming too, and we hope you'll invite your male colleagues as we collaborate on ways to recover the Blessed Alliance.