Our 6 Core Values Our Core Values – How We Approach Ministryand People and Our Mission Core Value 1 - Love – We will love God through “total life worship” What this means: We are always worshiping. Worship is the choice of where we place our attention and affection daily. Church, family and private worship are all vital to a thriving Christian life. We take responsibility for maintaining a loving atmosphere in our church. (Romans 12:10; 1 Thess. 5:11) We love God by the way we treat each other, starting in the home and flowing to every other area of life. (Deut. 6:4-9; 1 Timothy 3:5; 1 Thess. 5:11) Core value 2 - Serving – Life means more when We serve others God has a fulfilling plan for Everyone to make a unique, meaningful contribution to the Kingdom of GodGod has a purpose for everyone. We can all contribute to the Kingdom of God and His church. Serving includes our attitude, not just our actions. Phil 2.We find fulfillment in spending our life, not saving it.God has made everyone with different abilities, backgrounds, and passions to make our contribution effective. We teach the importance of understanding our God given S.H.A.P.E. (1 Cor. 12:12-31)We need and pray for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit for effectiveness in ministry. (Ephesians 6:18)Our first ministry is in our home.We are to be givers in every way, including our tithes and offerings(2 Cor. 9:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2)A contributing heart is formed in the home as parents and children serve together in mission related projects. Core value 3 - Sharing – We share to help others know God and grow We seek to help others find a relationship with JesusGod loves everyone and wants them to know true life through His Son, Jesus (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9-10; 2 Cor. 5:21)The gospel is the power of God for salvation, it always has been and always will be.We work strategically; while at the same time put our entire reliance on the power of God’s Spirit and His Word to transform people. (Titus 3:5; Rom. 1:16)It is our responsibility to adapt to reach people where they are at helping them to know Jesus from there. (Acts 8:29-38; Luke 24:13-27)We are willing to invest our lives and resources locally, nationally, and internationally to reach people. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)Family is first front for effective evangelism. (Deut. 6) Core value 4 - Connecting – We grow best in relationships with others We grow when we Share life and faith in supportive relationships with othersWe are called to belong, not just believe. (Acts 2:42; Rom. 12:10)A person is designed by God to grow in community with other believers. (Acts 2:42; Heb. 3:13, 10:24; 1 Cor. 15:33)Christianity is not a spectator sport. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).Support, accountability, fellowship, sharing life and sharing faith happen best in small groups.Carrying another's burdens, encouraging each others, and praying for each other are vital to the life of a church body. Core Value 5 - Growing – God’s Love Motivates us to grow into the person only he can form. God wants us to become more like Jesus (Matt. 5:48; Phil. 2:5; John 13:15)God meets us where we are and helps us grow from there. (Luke 24:13-27)Continuing growth is natural to a person who has given their heart to Christ. (Col 2:6)Love (not guilt) motivates healthy spiritual maturity. (1 Cor. 13:8-13)Discipleship is a process, not a one time event. (Heb. 12:14; 1 Thess. 5:23) As we mature spiritually, it is evidenced by our renewed mind, the attitudes of the heart, and in our actions. (Gal.5:16-26)Discipleship must be intentional, practical and applicable to life.Discipleship must be more than INFORMATION; it must lead to Biblical TRANSFORMATION. (Rom. 12:2; Acts 9:1-31)We know we are to train ourselves to be godly, but we do so only in strong cooperation with the work of the Holy Spirit.Every parent needs to be encouraged and assisted in the task discipling their own children. The church will support the effort in the home with children’s programs. (Deut. 6) Core value 6 - Family – The home and church must be congruent. Gods plan is for faith to be practiced in the home.Faith must be applied to everyday life to be real. (James 1:22 / James 2)Faith when taught in the home it effects all generations and brings Gods life and blessing to a household. (Deut. 6)There must be congruence between what happens in church and what happens in our homes.There is a ‘church’ that meets in every home every day.A parents first task is to train their children in the ways of Lord. (Eph. 6)Faith is better caught at home than taught in a class.Those without Christian parents need spiritual mentors which the church should provide.Single parent homes need extra support from a church family.Read more about Faith At Home.