Core Values

Core Values
 

We value

Transformation

Jesus is in the business of making us to be more like Him, not just a better version of ourselves (2 Corinthians 3:18). Through His Holy Spirit, He doesn’t just clean us up on the outside, but over time, changes who we are on the inside (2 Corinthians 5:17), which is then displayed in our actions, behavior and life choices. As we are changed, we find freedom from sin (Galatians 5:1), ability to use the gifts He has given (1 Corinthians 12:7), His character showing up in us (Galatians 5:22-23), and humility to give Him all the credit (Ephesians 3:20-21). We must surrender to His transforming work in us, because we can’t transform ourselves (John 15, Romans 6:12-14).

 

We value

Relationship

Jesus calls us into a personal relationship with Himself (Matthew 4:19, 11:28). He also calls us into a loving relationship with others (Hebrews 10:24-25). This relationship is often referred to as a “family” (Galatians 6:10). Relationships in the church are strongest when they are intentional (Ephesians 4:1-3), accountable (Luke 17:3), transparent (James 5:16), devoted (John 15:13), and forgiving (Ephesians 4:32). Relationships with those who do not know Jesus require these same things, with an emphasis on seeking open doors to bring them into a relationship with Jesus (Colossians 4:3).

We value

Health

Jesus has come to give us a life that is full and complete with Him (John 10:10). Jesus has given us everything we need for our lives in every area: emotional, physical, spiritual, relational, financial, etc (2 Peter 1:3). When suffering occurs (John 16:33, Romans 8:28), Jesus gives us grace through His Holy Spirit (Romans 8:2), brothers and sisters in the church (Galatians 6:2) and resources in this world (1 Timothy 4:4-5).

 

We value

Authenticity

We strive to be followers of Jesus in what we say, do, think and believe (James 1:22). We don’t want to be fake or “play church”. We want our relationships with each other to be marked by genuine love (John 13:34; 1 Corinthians 13). Trying to look or sound good to impress others has no place in the Christian life (Matthew 6:5). God prioritizes the inside over the outside (1 Samuel 16:7). God knows who we really are, so there is no need to fake it (Hebrews 4:13).

We value

Intentionality

We don’t want to live any of the Christian life (personal, church, work, home, community, etc.) on auto pilot, but deliberately with purpose, discipline and joy (1 Timothy 4:8; Hebrews 12:1-3; 2 Timothy 2:15). This is not natural to us, but requires God’s leading, help and power through the filling of the Holy Spirit to accomplish it (Ephesians 5:18; Philippians 2:12-13). We don’t want to be complacent with the work Jesus has called us to (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 1:15). Rather, we want to do this without delay (Revelation 22:20; Romans 13:11).

   

 

 

core values

noun  |  kȯr val-yüz

Core values are the fundamental beliefs of an organization. They are guiding principles which dictate behavior and help the organization determine if it is on the right path by providing an unwavering guide. These core values are the characteristics and nonnegotiables we want reflected in everything we do as a church.