Part of the mission to walk in the redemptive steps of Jesus is learning to use our
words in ways that give God glory and point others toward Him. In Wordship, we aim
to do just that. With Wordship we endeavor to activate hearts in using the power of
our speech to cultivate greater health, satisfaction, reconciliation, and healing
in our conversations.
Woven together in a three-strand cord with Worship and Workship, Wordship upholds
the primacy of the word and the love of God. Wordship opens the door to discover ways
of speaking that focus on the truth of our oneness in Christ, leaning in to all that
unites us instead of that which divides.
"Together, let’s use our words to heal and bring people together, like the healing
balm of Gilead."
– President Dr. Debra A. Schwinn
How is this accomplished?
Much prayer and intentionality are the way we start.
- Wordship helps usher our campus community into deeply intentional ways of practicing
the art of asking open, honest questions (OHQ).
Instead of using language to manipulate or persuade, Wordship teaches us how to walk
in a stronger rhythm of truthful speech as we learn to listen to others with curiosity
and respect rather than suspicion.
- In Wordship, we learn to listen to others with grace and patience. When there is
disagreement, we are curious and respectful, approaching conversations with an attitude
of humility and exploration rather than accusation and judgment.
- At the center of Wordship is the power and beauty of the word.
Language is a gift God has given all humans that differentiate us from the rest of
His magnificent creation.
- With Wordship, we seek to ask open, honest questions; to create space for conversations
that are safe and bring healing; and to cultivate circles of trust in which respect,
love, and kindness inform our relationships.
Through Wordship, we hope to cultivate stronger communication skills — those that
are informed by Jesus’ own heart to learn to use words in such a way that help us
all move from hostility to hospitality, setting the pace for relationships of mutuality
Put into practice
When confronted with anger or belligerence, take a breath, listen, ask questions,
Remember that everyone on the planet has been made in the image of God. Practice patience.
See them as God’s child.
If a friend or family member insists on bullying you or trying to convince you of
their opinion, listen, love them. Let them speak. Try to understand their point of
Pray for the person.
Creating win-win relationshps is big business
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