What Are Core Values?
A list of core values answers the questions: What is important to this congregation when it comes to decision-making? Some of the core values are actual. In other words, they are already part of the fabric of the church, perhaps for a long time. But other values are aspirational. They are very much a part of the congregation’s thinking and conscience but have not yet fully become sufficiently realized.
Our Top Five Actual Core Values
Scripture: We deeply value the accurate, clear, and practical teaching of the inspired Word of God, the Holy Bible, in all the ministries of the church in order that it might be clearly understood, fully believed, and authentically lived. The first consideration in any decision we make is what God has
revealed in the Scriptures. (Matt. 4:4; 7:24-29; 1 Tim. 4:13; 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16-17; Jam. 1:22-25)
Worship: We passionately value worship in which the whole body of believers is engaged in expressing to God how great we know Him to be from hearts that are genuinely stirred by who He is and what He has done. (Psalm 62, 103, 113, 150; Mark 7:6-8; John 4:23; Romans 12:1;
1 John 5:14-15)
Missions: We strongly value the spreading of the Gospel of Christ around the world. We participate by giving generously, by sending our adults and youth on mission trips, and by staying informed about the activities of our missionaries and world events as they impact the cause of Christ.
(Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8)
Family: We believe God created the family and chose the concept of family to communicate His relationship to us. In light of that, we fully value the nurturing and equipping of families to face life with a godly perspective and bring their children up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
(Deuteronomy 6:4-8; Psalm 78:1-8; Ephesians 5:21-6-:4)
Youth: Believing that one of our highest priorities is imparting the Glory of God and His will to the next generation, we are committed to equipping our children and youth for the spiritual challenges which will inevitably come their way. (Psalm 78:1-8; 145:4)
Our Top Five Aspirational Core Values
Prayer: Believing that we can accomplish nothing of eternal value apart from having faith in God to work in our midst, we are committed to constantly invoking His presence and power to work in every aspect of our ministry. Mountains can be moved when we pray in faith.
(Matthew 7:7-8; 9:35-38; 21:18-22; John 14:13; 15:5,7,16; 16:23; Acts 6:4; Philippians 1:9-11; 4:6-7; 1 John 5:14-15)
Welcoming: We indeed value making new people feel welcomed to our church and do our best to help them become fully integrated into the church family. (Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:2; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31)
Relationships: We treasure the cultivation of loving relationships among the members of the church family as we worship, study, work, have fun, and live life together. This involves taking care of our church family members in need. We are convinced we cannot grow spiritually without developing
deepening relationships with Christians who are maturing. (John 13:34-35; Acts 2:42-47; Acts 6:1-7; Romans 12:9-16; 13:8-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; Hebrews 6:10)
Outreach: Believing in the priority of the Great Commandments and the Great Commission, we present the Gospel from the pulpit and train our members to be effective witnesses in their sphere of influence. We also intentionally create occasional events and ongoing ministries by which we
unconditionally love and sacrificially serve others, looking for opportunities to present God’s plan of salvation to as many people as are interested in hearing the gospel. Through our missions program we vicariously do the same in other parts of the world. (Matthew 22:34-40; 23:11; 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 10:25-37; Acts 1:8)
Discipleship: Believing that we are responsible to make disciples, we provide intentional and comprehensive disciple-making opportunities whereby believers of all ages can be established in their spiritual disciplines and bring every aspect of their lives into conformity with the revealed will
of God. We earnestly practice the equipping of believers to fellowship with Him, enjoying His love, grow in His likeness, and better accomplish the work He has called us to do. (Matthew 29:19-20; Colossians 1:28-29; Ephesians 4:11-12)