What We Value
Since the church is a collection of diverse individuals, each of us have slightly different values regarding how we serve Christ. But certain commonly held key values unify our efforts. As a member of the Willow Creek Association, we affirm the following values:
- People matter to God and therefore matter to us.
- This includes the concepts of relational evangelism and evangelism as a process - Luke 5:30-32; Luke 15; Matthew 18:14
- The church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure.
- This includes the concept of sensitively relating to our culture through our facility, printed materials, and use of the arts - I Corinthians 9:19 -23
- Anointed teaching is a catalyst for transformation in individual lives and in the church.
- This includes the concept of teaching for life change - Romans 12:7; II Timothy 3:16-17.
- We believe that Christ followers should manifest authenticity and pursue continuous growth.
- This includes the concepts of personal authenticity, character, and wholeness - Ephesians 4:25-26; Hebrews 12:1; Philemon 1:6
- Loving relationships should permeate every aspects of church life.
- This includes the concepts of love-driven ministry, ministry accomplished in teams, and relationship building - I Corinthians 13; Nehemiah 3; Luke 10:1; John 13:34-35
- The church should operate as a unified community of servants with men and women stewarding their spiritual gifts.
- This includes the concepts of unity, servanthood, spiritual gifts, and ministry calling - I Corinthians 12 & 14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4; Psalm 133:1
- Life-change happens in small groups.
- This includes the concepts of discipleship, vulnerability, and accountability - Luke 6:12-13; Acts 2:44-47.
- Excellence honors God and inspires people.
- This includes the concepts of evaluation, critical review, intensity, and excellence - Colossians 3:17; Malachi 1:6-14 ; Proverbs 27:17 .
- Churches should be led by men and women with leadership gifts.
- This includes the concepts of empowerment, servant leadership, strategic focus, and intentionality - Nehemiah 1 & 2; Romans 12:8 ; Acts 6:2-5