Core Values

God is Good

Jesus reveals the love and priorities of the Father in His ministry and sacrifice – He is perfect theology.  (John 1:1,18; John 3:16-17; John 14:6-7; John 8:1-11, 19; Heb. 1:1-3)

The enemy came to steal and kill, but Jesus comes to destroy demonic works and give us abundant life.  (John 10:9-11; 1 John 3:8; Matt 9:11-13)

“God is good” remains true regardless of the circumstances we experience.  (Nahum 1:7; Rom. 5:8; Rom. 8:28-32; James 1:17)

God describes Himself as gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, so God is good and by nature “naturally” in a good mood. (Ps. 103:10-14; Num. 14:18; Zeph. 3:17; Matt. 7:11)

God is generous. We remember and retell what He has done in testimonies because He is able and willing to do it again. (John 3:16; Rev. 19:10; Joshua 4:1-9; Rev 12:11)

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

God is not mad at us. (Heb. 1:9; John 10:10; Rom. 14:17; Ps. 30:11; Zeph. 3:17; Is. 61:3)

God is for us. He chose to redeem us from our sin. (Ps. 139:7; Rom. 5:8; Rom. 8:30-32; 2 Cor. 5:19)

God’s desire is to prosper us in every area of our lives: physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally and vocationally. (Isaiah 26:3; John 10:10; Luke 9:56; Rom. 5:8; Rom. 8:1; 3 John 1:2; Gen. 12:1-3; Jer. 29:11)

We operate from the premise that God wants to save and heal everyone. (2 Pet. 3:9; Eph. 1:4-6; Matt. 25:4; Rom. 1:18-23, 25; Matt. 4:23-24, 8:1-3, 8:16-17, 9:35, 14:34-36; Mark 6:56; Luke 9:11; Acts 10:38; 1 John 3:8)

God will never take His plan or His gifts from our life. (Rom. 11:29; Rom. 8:28; Eph. 4:1)

God sees us as masterpieces and His process and pruning are always meant to reveal the real us and release us into fullness of life. (Eph. 2:10; Matt. 4:4; John 6:63; Ps. 139:17; Heb.12:6)

God personally hears and always responds to our prayers. (Rom. 8:32; Matt. 7:7; James 5:13-16; Rom. 8:26-27; Luke 18:1-8; James 1:5 & 17; 2 Cor. 1:20)

We are good at celebrating and stewarding the testimonies of God’s goodness so they happen again. (Josh. 4:1-9; Rev. 19:10; Rev. 12:11)

WE ARE NOT SAYING…

…God will always bless our decisions. We can do whatever we want and God will never judge us. (Prov. 8:13; Heb. 10:26; 2 Tim. 2:19; 2 Cor. 5:10; Heb. 9:27; Gal. 5:13-24)

…God doesn’t get hurt by our actions and will never confront us on our sin. (Eph. 4:30; 1 Thess. 5:19; Matt. 15:13; John 15:2)

…everyone will make it into heaven. (Matt. 7:21-23; Luke 13:27)

…if we are not healed it is because God doesn’t love us or we lacked faith. (Matt. 4:23; Matt. 12:15; John 9:1-3; John 11:4; Acts 10:38)

…God puts sickness on people to teach them lessons or to punish them. (Matt. 8:2-3; Acts 10:38)

…our lives are always going to be easy and there will be no trials. (John 16:33; Phil. 3:10; Rom. 8:31-39; Ps. 34:19; James 1:2-4)

…we don’t have to grow in our relationships with God or steward or grow our gifts. (2 Tim. 1:6; Mark 4:25; Phil. 3:14; Matt. 6:33; James 4:8)

…our prayers will always be answered the way we expect. (Luke 18:1-8; 1 Thess. 5:17)


Honor Affirms Value

Honor recognizes and affirms how valuable and powerful other people are because they are made in His image and He died to restore them to relationship. We are significant. (Gen. 1:26; Eph. 4:22-24; Rom. 12:10)

The level of value we have for one another influences the measure of impact we have on each other. (Matt. 10:41; John 13:35; Phil. 2:1-4)

We call out the best in people and celebrate them in spite of our differences, responding to people based on who we are and their God-given identity, not simply their behavior or self-definition. (1 Cor. 12:18; 24-26, 14:3; Phil. 4:8)

Honor must be demonstrated through consistent respect in word and action toward those we lead, follow, love and disagree with.  Honor avoids controlling others but does confront, limit and discipline when necessary. (1 Cor. 13:1-7; 1 Cor. 4:13; 2 Tim. 2:11-16)

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

We love people that we cannot receive anything from. (Rom. 5:8; Matt. 25:40, 45; Matt. 10:42; Prov. 14:31)

We continually ask God how He sees the people in our lives and encourage them with the truths that He tells us about them. (Matt. 16:17-19; 1 Cor. 14:3-5)

We know there are levels of honor and responsibility because of people’s positions in the body, anointing or favor with God. So as we honor one another, we receive “grace” and strength from each other. (1 Tim. 5:17; Eph. 4:7-14; I Cor. 12:18, 24-26; Matt.10:40-42)

We see where people fit in the body of Christ and celebrate their individuality. (1 Cor. 12; Rom. 12:4; Eph. 4:7)

We love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. (Luke 23:34; Matt. 5:43-48; Luke 9:54-56)

We honor the future generations and desire to see them prosper and outgrow us. (Deut. 31:23; 2 Kings 2; 1 Chron. 28:20; John 14:12)

Rather than judging people outside of the church, we love them and serve them into the Kingdom. (Matt. 10:8; Mark 2:13-17; Rom. 2:4; Heb. 13:17)

We work with brothers and sisters when they sin to find “the root issues” behind their behavior and restore them. (Gal. 6:1-2; 1 Cor. 4:21; Matt. 18:15; Luke 17:3-4)

WE ARE NOT SAYING…

…we never confront people or call them to live up to their true identities. (1 Cor. 4:14; Luke 9:54-56; 2 Cor. 7:1)

…everyone is equal, and we operate from a “round table” where everyone has the same favor. (1 Cor. 12:18, 24-26; Matt. 10:41)

…honoring others will mean our lives will not be blessed. (Matt. 5:1-12; Matt. 10:41; Mark 10:28-30)

…leaders are allowed to be destructive, manipulating and controlling. (Matt. 10:25-26; 1 Pet. 5:3; 1 Cor. 3:12-13)

…we honor in certain environments, but not in others. (Matt. 19:13-15; John 13:34-35; John 4:1-42)

…we always have to agree with everyone and can’t have different opinions. (Eph. 4:1-4; Acts 18:24-26)

…people can’t choose to behave their way out of our fellowship. (Tit. 3:9-11; Matt. 18:15-18; 2 John 1:10; 1 Cor. 5:4-6, 1 Thess. 5:12-15)


We Seek to Create Healthy Family

We are adopted into God’s family, so we intentionally create family and community wherever we go. (Eph. 2:19; Acts 2:44-47; Gal. 6:10; 1 Peter 2:17; Heb. 2:11)

We think like healthy family members by doing what’s best for the whole environment and submitting to one another and by not being selfish. (Eph. 5:21; Gal. 5:13; Phil. 2:3; Rom. 12:9-21)

We purposely grow our individual capacity to trust and be trusted in covenant relationships as we empower and confront one another to live out who we truly are. (Matt. 18:15; 1 Cor. 4:14-21; 1 Thess. 5:14)

We are loyal, and loyalty is demonstrated most radically when people fail. We don’t punish and abandon them to save face or convince the world that we hate sin, but work to see them restored. (Matt. 18:15; John 8:1-11; Gal. 6:1; Ps. 141:5; 1 Cor. 4:21)

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit have brought us into their intimacy and family. From their love and wisdom, we build healthy families and communities. (John 15:15-16a; Acts 2:44-47; Eph. 3:14-21; 1 John 3:1)

We believe that no one is created to walk alone and that people become most alive when planted in a healthy family. (Acts 2:1-2; Acts 4:23-31; Matt. 18:20; Eph. 3:14-20; Matt. 6:9; 1 Cor. 12:21-27)

The way we love people is a direct reflection of our true love for God. So, we live to make the world better for a generation we will never see. (Prov. 14:31; Matt. 10:42; Phil. 4:8; Matt. 25:45; Heb. 6:10)

I value and draw from the Holy Spirit’s gifts and graces in everyone’s lives, not just from my leaders. (Rom. 12:10; 1 Cor. 12)

We value and honor each other even when we disagree. It’s not about being right, but being understood. (Matt. 18:2-4; Rom. 12:4; 1 Pet. 2:17; Rom. 12:10; 1 Pet. 3:8; 1 Pet. 5:5; John 17:25-26)

We covenant with people, seeking their benefit in everything we do. We do nothing out of selfish ambition or gain. (Phil. 2:3-16; Rom. 12:10; Rom. 2:8, Eph. 5:21)

We are responsible when others in our family sin against us. We confront them based on: “You are way to cool to behave this way.” (2 Cor. 7:9-10; Eph. 2:10; Phil. 2:12; 1 Tim. 3:5)

No matter what people do, forgiveness is our standard. (Matt. 18:21; Luke 17:4)

WE ARE NOT SAYING…

…we are self-sufficient and we don’t need others. (Eccl. 4:9-12; Heb. 10:24-25; Matt. 18:20; Heb. 3:13; 1 Cor. 12:12-14)

…all Christian communities are going to be a healthy families. (Gal. 6:1-2; 1 Cor. 5:6; 1 Cor. 4:14)

…we have to hate ourselves and love others. (Mark 12:31; Luke 5:16; Ps. 127:2; Jer. 29:11; 1 John 5:3)

…Christians don’t have to follow the rules and laws of secular society. (Rom. 13:6-7; Prov. 24:21; Daniel 2:21)

…children have a junior Holy Spirit. (Joel 2:28; Matt. 18:3; Luke 1:41)

…we don’t have any responsibility if fellow Christians sin against us. (Matt. 18:15-16; Matt. 18:21; Rom. 5:8)

…there isn’t a time when someone chooses not to be a part of healthy community. (Cor. 5:5-6; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Eph. 5:11; Rom. 16:17-19; Titus 3:9-10; Matt. 18:17)