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Our Core Values
- We believe that the pursuit of full devotion to Christ and His cause is normal for every believer.
This includes having a clear, precise and goal-based philosophy of Christian formation. It is a process that focuses on developing the individual and their relationship with Christ to one that is characterized by pure love, devotion and real life change that is a reflection of the continuing growth towards being a fully-devoted follower of Him.
- We believe that the church should operate as a unified community of servants with men and women stewarding their spiritual gifts.
This includes the concepts of unity, servanthood and spiritual gifts. It is intentionally organizing for effectiveness where everyone in the church is expected to be involved in ministry.
- We believe that loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life.
This emphasizes the church operating on the basis of relational priorities ( i.e., Jesus first, family second, church third and community fourth). It is pursuing relationships to a point which exceeds the path of least resistance. The goal is to have internal relationships that will inspire spiritual renewal through encouraging and challenging one another in love. True community comes through family relationships.
- We believe that excellence honors God and inspires people.
This includes the concepts of evaluation, critical review, intensity and excellence in every area of ministry. It will incorporate policies, procedures and structures that are meant to define and enhance ministry guidelines. However, policies and procedures are never meant to strangle ministry and will be evaluated and updated frequently, but not compromised. It also involves subjecting every ministry effort to evaluation and accountability where innovative ways are developed to solicit constructive criticism.
- We believe that the church should be intentionally organized for effectiveness.
This includes purposefully planning for growth because we believe God wants us to grow. It also includes achieving ministry efficiency and impact through delegation and decentralization by developing servant leaders and properly allocating resources. Effective leadership comes through team building, not superstars, whose foundational base is Christ. It also favors the development of staff from within the congregation because, first and foremost, we value the person’s heart who is turned toward this church and who through development of relationships and their work in the ministry has earned the right to be brought into a position of leadership.
- We believe that the church should focus on strategic evangelism.
This encourages believers to match their personal evangelistic approach to their individual personality and to match it with the audience they are trying to reach. It includes purposeful follow-up with those persons making decisions to guide them in a process of meaningful spiritual growth. It also addresses the need to have a healthy balance between local and global evangelism. It is not an either/or approach, but a both/and outlook.
- We believe that the church is to help people to engage in stewardship in all areas of their lives.
This includes an approach to stewardship that is more than just money management. It is overseeing every resource that God has given us to use. It will involve integrating stewardship thinking and principles frequently in the teaching and preaching. It will also require honest communication with the people and personal accountability for biblical stewardship principles.
- We believe that the church has the responsibility to equip the family to become and maintain a family unit which brings glory to God.
This process includes teaching the fundamentals of biblical standards for the family, such as God’s design for a biblically functioning marriage, Godly parenting and an understanding of correctly aligned authority within the family unit. It does not just include ministry through programs and resources but imparting of true skills to equip the family to deal with issues. It also entails designing a balanced approach to ministering to the family as a whole by giving the entire family experiences together. And it means being a church who regularly evaluates the health of the families and who prays constantly with, for and about families.
- We believe that it is essential that the church engage in true worship and that worship is a non-negotiable obligation and privilege of every Christian.
This includes instilling an appropriate understanding of worship, promoting personal commitments to true worship, and providing people with a corporate worship experience that facilitates connecting with God.