Core Values

What are core values?

Core Values serve as a filter for our decision-making and are the philosophy behind what we do. They define our culture and reveal how we operate.

LOST PEOPLE MATTER TO GOD
And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Mark 2:17 Too many churches function like the people inside the church matter more than those outside the church. Yet when we look at the life of Jesus, we find just the opposite to be true. Behind everything we do is the conviction that lost people matter to God. We intentionally bend the Sunday morning experience to attract and make sense to people who are not Christians.

CREATE CONTAGIOUS ENVIRONMENTS
Do what you do so well that people want to come back and bring their friends. – We believe that contagious environments are: • Welcoming • Excellent • Creative • Exceed people’s expectations.

TEACH FOR LIFE CHANGE
What we think matters far less than what God says. “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32 The goal is life change, not information transfer. Are people applying what they learn or just collecting information?

INTENTIONALLY DEVELOP LEADERS
Leaders will not follow non-leaders. Our job as staff is to equip our volunteer leaders. Our volunteers don’t serve us; we serve our volunteers.

TEACH A CULTURE OF GENEROSITY
We believe in teaching our people to excel in the grace of giving. But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. - 2 Cor. 8:7

KEEPING IT SIMPLE
If everything is the most important thing, then nothing is the most important thing. We choose to say no to good things so we can say yes to the best things. We choose not to give $10 to every worthy organization so we can focus our financial support on a few groups. We choose not to start lots of good ministry, so we can focus our finances, volunteers and staff on what we believe to be the most critical ministries. We have identified the things that we wanted to do really well. • Weekend Services • Kids and Students • Groups and Missions. Because we want to excel in those areas, we don’t do a lot of other things that many other churches do. More is not always better. In many ways, we’re trying to be a steakhouse, not a buffet.