The Core Values listed below are the principles that identify who we are as a Conference of Churches. These values speak to our enduring convictions about what is most important to us. All of our ministries are guided by these basic values:
1. We Value Relationships and Christian Community
As a family of churches we affirm that, in Christ, we are part of a shared faith story, historically and theologically, and that this fellowship builds us up. In offering mutual support, we learn from one another and are enriched together. We value the cooperation this relationship affords, realizing we can do more together than we can individually.
Eph. 4:3-6; Gal. 3:26-29; Rom. 12:4-5
2. We Value the Truth
Jesus is the Truth, and he is faithfully revealed in Scripture. We hold Biblical doctrine to be of primary importance, and seek to interpret the Scriptures together. We value the theological approach of the early Anabaptists who read Scripture through the lens of Christ.
2 Tim. 3:16-17; Josh. 1:8; Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39
3. We Value People
Human beings are created in God’s image, and his desire is for all people to be reconciled to himself through Christ. That is our desire, too. With compassion we seek to carry the good news of salvation in Christ to people near and far.
John 3:16; Luke 2:10-11; 2 Cor. 5:20; Matthew 18:14
4. We Value Obedience
We believe to love Jesus is to walk in reverent obedience to him. He calls us to a life of love. Within this calling we are to obey the commission of Christ to make disciples of all nations.
John 14:15, 21, 23; Rom. 13:8-10; 1 John 5:1-3; Matthew 28:18-20
5. We Value Discipleship
We value people growing in maturity as they follow Christ in a life of worship, prayer, and deepening faith. We value the calling and developing of mature Church leaders. We want our faith to be seen in a life of integrity and authenticity. We want to discern God’s leading for our lives, individually and corporately.
Mark 8:34-35; Rom. 12:1-2; James 2:17; Eph. 4:13