Community United Methodist Church

Foundational Values

Twelve Values for being the Church together

“…Christ Jesus himself is the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together

and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built

together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Ephesians 2:20-22 NIV

BIBLICAL AUTHORITY

God speaks to us through the Bible.  His Word is true and without error.  We  trust Scripture  and depend on it as the source for our words, actions and choices.

Psalm 119:89,105,  2 Timothy 2: 15,  3:14-17, 1 Peter 1:25

Are my priorities,  words and actions consistent with Scripture?

 

DEPENDANCE ON GOD

We want to serve God in His purposes, working through His power, not ours, toward His goals, not ours. We commit to prayer before action seeking God’s lead and relying on the direction and power of the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 3:5-6, John 16:13, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:26-27, Philippians 4:6-7, Hebrews 11:6

Are my decisions preceded by prayer?

Is there evidence of the Holy Spirit at work?

What is it?

 

VISIONARY FAITH

To accomplish God’s vision, we need to step out of our comfort zone and into His.  We must be willing to live out visionary faith and take risks as God leads.  We want walk forward in faith,  trusting God for the next step.

Hebrews 11

 In what ways have I allowed God to stretch me?

Have I allowed God to confront my  comfort zones?

 

INTIMACY WITH GOD

We are created for relationship with God.  Personal connection leads us to growth and change — we become more like Jesus by spending time with Jesus.  This spiritual formation requires time, commitment, and priority as we speak to God, Listen for Him practice obedience and align our hearts with His.

Hebrews 12:1 –2, Philippians 1:6, Ephesians 3:16-19, 1 Timothy 4:13-16

Do I constantly cultivate a relationship with God?

What time do I spend in prayer?  Bible Study?  Devotions?  Service?  Worship?

Am I growing more like Jesus?

 

 

LOVING RELATIONSHIPS AND CHRISTIAN UNITY

God desires that followers be unified in Him.  We will strive to serve others and to model God’s gift of grace by loving, accepting and forgiving one another.  When we have conflict, we will seek God’s direction and use it as an opportunity for ministry and spiritual growth.  We will treat others with gentleness, truth and respect.

1 Corinthians 13, Ephesians 4:1-6, Colossians 3:7-17, 1 Timothy 6:11b, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 Peter 3:15, 2 Peter 1:5-8, John 3:11-24, 4:7-21, 13:34-35 and 17.

Am I serving others?

Do your actions and words encourage other believers?

Am I modeling God-Sized love, acceptance and forgiveness?

Do I respond to conflict with God’s truth, gentleness, respect and a desire for reconciliation?

 

RELATIONAL EVANGELISM

Lost people matter to God and to us.  We each must choose to accept he salvation Jesus offers, and choose to follow him.  It  is every  believer’s  responsibility to carry out  the Great Commission within their sphere of influence at home, at church, at work,  in friendships, families, the community and world missions.

Matthew 28:19, 20,  Luke 5:30-32, Luke 15, John 3:35-36, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Romans 10:9-16

Have I accepted the salvation Jesus offers and given my life to Him?

Who am I sharing Jesus with?

Who am I investing in?

 

WORSHIP AS A LIFESTYLE

Authentic, Spirit-led worship honors God, inspires faith and builds believers.   Genuine worship begins with the believer’s personal preparation and  attitude.  It is an outpouring of  our love for God and obedience to Him.  Worship is more than a Sunday experience.  It is a daily experience evidenced in our thoughts, words, and actions.

 1Chronicles 16:7-36,  Psalm 63:1-9, 66:1-8, 122, 150,  John 4:23-24, Ephesians 5:18b-21

 Do I worship god daily?   How?

Are my heart and actions engaged in worship?

 

CONNECTEDNESS

We believe in community — that connecting with one another is a part of God’s design for spiritual growth and health.  We come together for worship, small groups, and service, intentionally seeking connections that encourage care for one another, spiritual formation accountability and a sense of  belonging.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Luke 6:12-13,  John 13:1-17, Acts 2:44-47, Hebrews 10:24-251 John 3:11-24

 Am I regularly connected with other believers in worship, care and growth opportunities?

 

SPIRIT-LED STRATEGIC MINISTRY

God has gifted every believer for ministry.  We are responsible for discovering and using those gifts to the Glory of God.  Maximum impact is achieved when our  gifts are used in strategic, coordinated, strategic ways according to the Holy Spirit’s design.   We believe God’s Word sets the example of  ministry in teams instead of solo efforts.

Exodus 18, Numbers 11, Nehemiah 3 Matthew 10:19-20, 18:19-20, Luke 10:1, John 13: 34-35, 14:15-18, Acts 6:1-7, 13:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12, , Ephesians 4:7-16, Titus 1:5

 Do I know my gifts?

Where am I serving?

Am I  working well with others?

 

INTENTIONAL EQUIPPING

Every believer every believer is responsible for sharing with others the knowledge, skills and opportunities for service that God has given them.  We believe that we must freely give what we have been freely given. We commit to invest time and resources in new believers in our church, to equip the next generation by laying spiritual foundations at an early age, and invest in outside ministries as God leads.  God calls us to Kingdom growth, not church growth.

Deuteronomy 6:1-7, Psalm 7:1-18, 145:4, Proverbs 22:6,  Titus 2:3-5 1 Timothy 4:6, 11-16, 2 Timothy 1:3-18, 2:2, 3:14-17

How have I purposefully invested in other believers, outside ministries and growing generations?

 

WORLDLY ASTUTE/SPIRITUALLY WISE

We will approach our ministrydecisions as missionaries in a foreign land. We will strive to thing carefully about those who are spiritually unconnected and will be intentional about sharing the Gospel in ways they understand.

Matthew 10:16, John 4, 1 Corinthians 9: 19-23  Acts 17:16-34, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

 Do I approach those who don’t know Christ with the attitude of a missionary?

What is the attitude of a missionary?

 

HARMONY IN LEADERSHIP

God desires unity in His church.  Those who serve must follow Christ, embrace the Word of God as well as the mission, vision and foundational values of His church. Ministry teams operate best in an atmosphere of interdependence an unity.

Mark 3:24-25, Romans 12:9-18, 1 Corinthians 12:12-30, Ephesians 4:1-16

 Do I measure my  words, decisions and actions against Scripture?

Do my words, choices and actions support a unity of purpose in ministry?