Core Values and Bedrock Beliefs
We are beginning to coalesce around the Core Values that inform the culture of our church and the Bed Rock Beliefs that form the foundation of our trust in God as a faith community. We are soliciting more feedback on our consolidated list in order that we may finalize and formally adopt these Core Values and Bed Rock Beliefs. Going forward as an important marker of our identity as we seek for gain traction and momentum for our future.
Far from being meaningless boiler plate for advertising our church to the community, these Core Values become ways to keep ourselves accountable to what matters most and will direct what we invest in our time, treasure, and talents. Our Bed Rock Beliefs steady us in the stress of change, keeping us rooted in trust that give us courage to be Christ’s body in this place. We will return again and again to what we have claimed to be who we are in order to discover who we are becoming, especially as the unique way we have come together as three former congregations, and in the midst of upheaval in our denomination. Knowing who we are and how we will be churched in this place is not only necessary, it is a gift we bring to our community.
These are the Core Values and Bed Rock Beliefs that we have received from you all thus far. We have consolidated them into this current list. Please reflect on them, suggest changes or additions, pray about them and what they could mean for our prioritization of ministry. We hope we have a final version adopted before Easter.
We welcome all people
We commit to care for others & our community
We worship God with joy
We give joyfully to others
We respect others
We are in mission
We live Christ’s love
*We are growing in faith & help others to grow
*We seek justice and mercy
We are prayerful
Bed Rock Beliefs
We are not alone; God is always with us.
All are loved by God.
God calls us to love one another.
God provides for us and is gracious to us.
Serving God gives us meaning and purpose.
We are given fruits of the Spirit & are equipped for ministry.
We are forgiven and have new life in Christ who loves us.
God is our rock.
We are called to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
There is power in prayer.
We have eternal life through Christ.
* Indicates where we need to have more discussion. If we are intentional about growing faith, how are we doing that? If we are seriously engaged with justice and mercy, what does that look like?