“Well, yeah. Of course you need to have a fair working environment.” Many would say that this goes without saying. It’s obvious. People will even say that “Do to others what you would expect them to do to you” is a rule that everyone should live by.
As it turns out, this is a very good rule to live by. Especially because Jesus is the One who made it, based on the Old Testament Scriptures, revealed by God through Moses and the Prophets:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.–Jesus in Matthew 7:12
This is a rule that we are committed to living by at Servants Anonymous Foundation. In fact, this embodies the motive of everything that we do. I don’t want to be exploited, so why would I stand idly by when others are being exploited? If I was forcibly enslaved and used, I would want others to take notice and set me free, if it was in their power to act. So why would I not do everything I can to set others free from sexual slavery, when it is in my power to do something about it?
This commitment to do to others what we would want them to do to us, we believe, needs to flow through every aspect of our organization, including our working environment. Everything from the human resource guidelines, code of conduct and policies, to the pay structure, job descriptions and role allocation, is permeated by our Lord’s desire that there be equality and fairness in all our relationships and dealings. This is enacted within our Programs locally and globally, often challenging cultural norms that can discriminate in various ways.
One of the ways in which equality is encouraged at the SA Foundation is through the Formation of Servants (FOS), a twelve-step program that has been written for and tailor-made for Servants Anonymous staff. The FOS has an equalizing effect, since it reminds us as staff that we all have recovery issues of some sort, we all have our ‘drugs of choice,’ and that it would be unfair to expect the women in our program to work on their issues, while denying our own. So as staff, we meet on a bi-weekly basis, throughout the year, to go through the FOS, and are continually ‘working the steps.’ We are all equal before God, participants and staff alike, and in need of the daily renewal and continual sanctification that God works in us by his Holy Spirit.
Let us know if you’re interested in using the FOS in your church, leadership team, or organization. We’d love to offer it to you as a means of helping build unity, equality and fairness. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with your inquiry, and we’ll be happy to serve you in whatever way we can!