At Our Core

A focus group accepted the challenge of narrowing the core values after receiving input from over 100 people at Wesley Chapel. It was easy to reduce the list of 35 to 12 but it was really hard to go to four. We quickly started out of the gate with the first two: godly and biblical. After much debate we began to take a second look at godly and realized that the Pharisees would have also considered themselves godly and biblical. We asked the question, “What did Jesus have that the Pharisees did not?” Compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience were some of the answers that were also on the list of possible core values. Then someone said, “Christ-like” and we knew that this core value was all of the other values that we had been wrestling with.

 

We soon decided on Christ-like, Biblical, Loving, and Community.

We introduced them to the congregation in January of 2018. Core values keep us grounded on what is important and describe the type of church we hope to be. I share them with you again this month as a reminder.

 
Christ-like
Jesus invites us to follow him. When we agree to follow Jesus our goal is to be like Jesus in every way. As a
community of believers in Jesus, our goal is to be a Christ-like church.
 
Biblical
In order to be a Christ-like church, we must go to the source that records Jesus’ words and actions. The Bible is our foundation that points us to a right relationship with God through Jesus.
 
Loving
Jesus gave us two primary commands to follow: love God and love people. Jesus modeled unconditional sacrificial love by giving his life on the cross so that we may have eternal life. As a community of faith, we are to model Christ-like love.
 
Community
As a follower of Jesus, each of us is part of the community of faith. We worship, study, serve, and give within the community of faith. Community also describes the mission field beyond the community of faith where we are called to serve with a message of God’s love to all people.

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