A value is not something you think you believe, or wish you would believe, or think we should believe, it's something that deep down, you do believe, you do own, you do feel deeply about. It's a non-negotiable truth you just can't go back on.
We Value Life in God
o Word Based: The Bible is our authority for all our faith and practices. God is only authentically known in the Bible and only authentically worshipped by a life lived according to the Bible.
o Christ-centered: Christ and His death on the cross is not just a part of our lives; it is the sun around which the solar system of Christianity revolves. The cross is the path of personal and inward devotion, as well as the power and goal of all evangelism.
o Spirit Led: we know that only the Holy Spirit brings life, personally and in the local church. Apart from Him we can do nothing.
We Value Life in the Church
o The Church as Family: The New Testament uses over one hundred metaphors for the Church. By far the most common is to the church as a family. This paradigm informs us about how we live as a church.
o The Five-Fold Ministries: We believe that the ministries described in Ephesians 4 (Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers, and Evangelists) continue to be God's gift to build up the local church today. While all five gifts seldom reside in a single local church, we welcome input from outside teams that value relational connectedness and the local church.
o Global Connectedness and Ethnic Diversity: God loves the whole world, and every people group reflects something of his beauty and character. We are richer for receiving from other cultures, and by being joined together with people from around the world. The gospel is for everyone, everywhere.
o Investing Generationally: The church must pass on the baton to upcoming leaders and generations. If we don't invest into the future now, we might not have one at all.
We Value Life Together
o Unity: For us, unity is not optional. Unity is at the heart of Jesus' prayer for us in John 17, and where there is unity the Lord commands his blessing (Ps. 133). Unity may vary with spheres of responsibility and relationship.
o Relationships: Relational transparency and connectedness puts who we are before what we do. Ministry longevity depends upon relational maturity.
o Integrity: Who we are when no one is looking matters. Our hidden struggles and sins dishonour God and can grow into life-derailing issues which ruin us. Character must precede calling, and personal integrity comes before public ministry. Charisma without character leads to catastrophe.
o Male and Female Uniqueness: We are grateful for the Bible's teachings about men and women. They are equal but not the same. Godly male-headship never dominates or squashes, but releases, blesses and brings safety. Theologians call this a complementarian view of men and women because we complement each other without being the same.