Our Core Values are not all that we value- but they are things that make us unique. These values help to shape our identity as a community of faith. They help answer, “Who are we?”
The Bible is our source.
God has spoken to mankind in the Bible. We desire that the Bible be the foundation of all we do. In our worship service, we open and close our service with Scripture reading, sing songs that remind us of God’s promises found in the Word, and we value expository preaching. The Bible is the source of all we do.
Grace is our tone.
God has shown extraordinary grace to us! As people who have been shown such grace, we display grace to others. This means we seek the good of others and the good of our city (Jeremiah 29:7). We pursue accountability together. Grace means valuing people and desire to love them through word and work.
The Church is our center.
Jesus did not die to form a ministry or a non-profit. Jesus shed His blood for the church (Acts 20:28). The church is Plan A and there is no other. God’s mission will be accomplished through the church. While other ministries are not bad, they cannot replace God’s plan “that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:10).
Ministry is our responsibility.
Many churches have developed the mindset that “It is the pastor’s job to do ministry.” This is not the Biblical understanding of ministry. The book of Ephesians tells us that God has given the church leadership in order:
“to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” and this is to be done, “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes“ (Eph. 4:12-14).
All believers are called to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), and pastors are given as gifts to the church to equip God’s people to complete this commission.
Faithfulness is our metric.
Ministry is not a competition. Many churches seek to model their ministry after “the other church” down the street. God’s measure of success is not that we be cool or that we draw a crowd. God’s measure of success is our faithfulness to His Word. We do not form ministries simply because it is what other churches are doing. We seek to do what God has commanded with the gifts and resources we have, even if it is not what everyone else is doing.