The Definition of Core Values
Aubrey Malphurs, in his book Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century, defines core values as a planted church’s constant, passionate, and biblical core beliefs that drive its ministry. Core values have five key elements:
Core values are constant.
Core values are passionate.
Core values are biblical.
Core values are core beliefs.
Core values drive the ministry
The Importance of Core Values
Why are core values important?
Core values determine a church’s ministry distinctives.
Core values dictate people’s personal involvement in the church.
Core values communicate what’s important.
Core values help you embrace positive change.
Core values affect the church’s overall behavior.
Core values inspire people to action.
Core values enhance credible leadership.
Core values shape the ministry’s character.
Core values contribute to ministry success (because it is biblical).
Core values have everything to do with the church’s culture.
We value a multiracial/multiethnic church family of believers that love one another. We value the truth that by loving one another, we demonstrate to the world that we are born-again believers with a personal relationship with God, for God is love (I John 4:7-8); and we prove that we are Jesus’ disciples (John 13:34-35). Therefore, we will strive to demonstrate godly love among believers that will inevitably penetrate our community and our world, for love is the prerequisite for evangelism.
We value a multiracial/multiethnic church family of believers whose common possession is the Holy Spirit who unites and baptizes all believers into one body. (Ephesians 4:1-6; 1 Corinthians 12:13). We value the truth that the unity of believers reflects the unity of the Trinity; and it is the prerequisite for evangelism as well (John 17:21-23). Moreover, wherever God’s people dwell together in unity there is: 1) the anointing of the Holy Spirit, 2) the sweet smelling savor of Christ’s presence, 3) an oasis providing the reviving power of Jesus, and 4) God’s blessings (Psalm 133). Therefore, we will strive for unity in the Body Christ, our community, and all our ministries and church activities by promoting reconciliation and interracial relationships.
We value a multiracial/multiethnic church family that prays. We know that prayers have power and are part of Jesus’ vision for the church. Jesus stated as He was cleansing the temple, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations?’...” (Mark 11:17). Moreover, God wants His children to pray on daily basis consistently, persistently, and specifically, for Isaiah 62:6-7 states:" I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent, And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth." Therefore, we will strive to be a multiracial/multiethnic family of ministers of reconciliation who prays consistently, persistently, and specifically so that the church can be a house of prayer for all nations and of all nations.
We value a multiracial/multiethnic church family that knows and stands up for the Truth. We know that the Truth is Jesus Christ (John 14:6); and that the Truth is God’s Word (John 17:17). Therefore, we will proclaim that Jesus is the Truth to a lost and dying world, and will teach God’s Word without compromise. Moreover, we believe that the Holy Bible is inspired by God, and it is the inerrant and infallible word of the living God.
We value a multiracial/multiethnic church family that knows the importance of family in society. We value a multiracial/multiethnic church family that values marriage as an institution that God established in Creation (Genesis 2:24), and as the foundation of the family. Moreover, we value the fact that the family unit is the foundation of society. We acknowledge that society reflects the family unit in terms of relationships and values. Furthermore, we acknowledge that the church is a family of believers as well. Therefore, we will strive to emphasize the importance of marriage, the family unit, the family of God, and the sanctity of human life.
We value a multiracial/multiethnic church family of believers that are committed to forming and maintaining relationships with family, other believers, and God. Therefore, we will strive to form and maintain relationships through small groups (Acts 2:42), corporately, and personal devotionals to God.
We value a multiracial/multiethnic church family of believers that are committed to diversity in terms of race (Acts 13:1), spiritual gifts (Ephesians 4:1-16; 1 Corinthians 12), and music style, not doctrine. We are a family who loves one another regardless of our differences. Therefore, we acknowledge and are committed to maintaining diversity among the congregation and leadership.
We value a multiracial/multiethnic church family of believers that are ministers of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5: 17-21). Therefore, as ministers of reconciliation, we will seek the lost and get them to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. Moreover, as the Body of Christ, we will seek to be reconciled to one another spiritually, racially, and relationally.
We value a multiracial/multiethnic church family of believers that strive for moral excellence, because Jesus gave His best (Col. 3:23-24). Therefore, we will continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ so we will not stumble (2 Peter 1:1-10). Moreover, we will strive to honor Him by maintaining a high standard of excellence in all our ministries and activities
We value a multiracial/multiethnic church family of believers that are co-laborers with God (1 Corinthians 3:5-10). Therefore, The House of God will consist of believers who are actively involved in the various ministries of the church. In addition to other ministries of the church, all our members will be involved in the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians. 5:17-21) — reconciling one another to God first and then to man.
We value a multiracial/multiethnic church family of believers that are just and stand for social justice. Since God is a just God (Deuteronomy 32:4), He wants His children to be just (Leviticus 19:13-15; Romans 1:16-18; Romans 3:25-29). Therefore, we will strive to do justice to everyone (Psalm 82: 2-5), for justice is personal and it deals with the way we treat one another. If we do justice to one another, then we truly love one another.