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7 Professional Values of Faith Presbyterian Church

by on January 28, 2010

Values are part of our organizational life together, along with Mission, Vision, and Goals (to see these, click here: Mission tells us why we exist. Vision shows us what success in our Mission looks like. Goals give us concrete steps toward realizing the Vision. Values are what inspire and guide us at every step along the way. Values and Mission are closely related, because the more conscious we are of them, the more successfully we will live according to them. This is as true for your personal life as it is for the church.

We presently have Seven Professional Values. I and my staff will uphold these values as we serve Faith Presbyterian Church.

(1) Grace. By grace I mean that we ministry leaders depend on God for both the desire and the power to do our ministries. We contribute something as unique individuals, but even our uniqueness depends on sovereign orchestration of God in our lives. Grace recognizes God’s priority and our dependence upon God in all things, including ministry.

(2) Vocation. “Calling” is a beloved concept Presbyterianism, and what it means most simply is that we serve others to express that which we find in Christ, namely, our salvation and our selves. We believe God saves us for a purpose, and that who we are really matters. And so our ministries are a manifestation of our salvation and of our selves. In other words, ministry is our vocation.

(3) Love. By sending his Son, God revealed to us that love is active beyond mere sentimentality. Therefore we ministry leaders love you members of our congregation by actively helping you to mature as children of God, disciples of Jesus Christ, and people filled with the Holy Spirit. We don’t just like you, we love you.

(4) Faith. We who lead ministries must also practice faith. And the goal of our ministry is to equip you to practice faith too. Faith is the life-long process of orienting all of life around the presence of God. It includes belief as allegiance to the God revealed in Christ, trust in this God, fidelity to this God, and adopting the vision of this God. Faith directs our lives, and thus our ministries.

(5) Truth. It isn’t enough to be guided by faith; we have to pursue truth. We will convey truth as best we can in our ministries. Truth comes to us in the matrix of relationships among Christ (who is truth personified), the Holy Scriptures (as they bear witness to Christ), the Christian Traditions (as they help us understand Scripture), experience (because God is still active today), and reason (because God has equipped us to love him with our minds).

(6) Hope. We believe God is faithful to his promises. Without this hope, our ministries would be helpful but not sacred. Because God empowers us by the Spirit and enfolds us in his purposes, we will continuously improve our ministries and be patient with our progress.

(7) Unity. God has promised the reconciliation of all things in Christ. Since this truth is assured, we assume the reconciliation of each of us with God, of us with one another, of the church amongst itself, and of all that is true, beautiful, and good.

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