Dictionary.com defines a value as ”A principle, standard, or quality considered worthwhile or desirable.” Thinking in this vein, the values below are a series of statements that reflect our priorities, what’s important to us; in addition, they reflect what we desire to become, what will characterize us a local body of Jesus followers.
Trinity. Our God is the one living and true God. Though one, he has forever existed as a perfect, self-sufficient, self-sustaining community of three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each member is co-eternal in being and nature and co-equal in power and glory. We desire to know, love, and worship God in his fullness.
Worship. We are created to worship. It is how God has wired us. So many things in this world tug at that worship DNA in us. But only God is worthy of our worship. By his grace and empowered by his Spirit, our lives, our gatherings will be a joyful act of worship, in spirit and in truth, of our great God.
Gospel. The Gospel is God’s good news to broken sinners that Jesus Christ came to live, die and rise again for the forgiveness of sin to bring redeemed sinners under God’s gracious reign for the renewal of all things. Our lives are centered in this news. We believe the grace offered in the Gospel, imparted by the Spirit, is the most powerful change agent in the universe.
Community. As the Gospel unites us to one another, we value community as the primary way God intends us to live together as his church. We place a high priority on our Community Groups, Discipleship Groups, and personal relationships to be avenues of growth, care, and shared mission.
Local. We love our communities. We live here, work here, play here, and raise our families here. We are not in our community to stand above the community (in judgment) or to hide under the community (in fear) or to mirror the community (in surrender), but to serve and challenge the community (in love). We are here to bring the Gospel to bear in the every day, serving as the faithful presence of Christ.
Church. A church is a people, not a place or an institution, who have been redeemed by Jesus and sent into their context to reflect God as he really is. From beginning to end God’s aim is to glorify himself through his people, who he is calling out from all tribes, peoples and languages through the Gospel. We are a local expression of God’s people in our communities.
Simplicity. We believe that being what God wants the church to be does not have to be complicated. We value simplicity of structure and programming to free us up to faithfully make disciples.
Mission. The mission of God is to make disciples. We want to see as many people as possible experience the sin-cleansing, shame-removing, life-changing, world-altering power of the Gospel. We exist to share this news and our lives with those who live and work in our communities and around the world. We are a culturally engaged, church-planting church that seeks to see the Gospel spread locally and globally.
Boldness. We serve the sovereign, mighty God who has called us to be strong and courageous in him. We want to boldly dream big dreams and take daring risks that can only succeed if God’s Spirit is actively involved and his blessings are poured out on us.
Mercy. Every interaction that we have as servants of God needs to be bathed in God’s mercy and God’s love. All teaching, discipleship, outreach and even correction must be made, as fallible human beings, in light of God’s mercy as extended to us, out of love and concern for the individual and the unity of the body.
Humility. Our God humbles the proud and exalts the humble. We want to be men and women who humbly recognize our own sin and desperate need for God’s grace and mercy through Christ, and from that humility show grace and mercy to the people God places in our lives – considering them and their interests as more important than our own.
(These “Values” are based, with adaptations and additions, on “What We Value” and used by permission of Downtown Cornerstone Church; http://www.downtowncornerstone.org/about)