What Do We Value As A Church?
Values are important because they provide the rationale for the way we do ministry and missions. Our CORE VALUES define who we are. They also dictate our strategy for accomplishing our mission and reaching our
BIBLICAL RATHER THAN PRAGMATIC
We want to give ourselves wholeheartedly to God’s Word and methods, rather than rely on popular trends, thoughts and opinions.
PEOPLE RATHER THAN PROGRAMS
Investments will be made in people more so than in programs. As leaders, we want to equip people to do the work of the ministry. Therefore, we believe it is more important to spend time and resources on individuals and families. We will not rely on programs to do the work of disciple-making.
MISSIONAL RATHER THAN ATTRACTIONAL
While activities and events will be a part of what we do, they will certainly not be foundation upon which our ministry is built and therefore out of necessity sustained. We want to be a base of ministry, not simply a place of ministry. Instead of ministering on the basis of people coming to us, our approach is to equip people to take the ministry to the world.
SIMPLE RATHER THAN COMPLEX
We don’t want people to spend all there time at church programs or church-wide activities, instead we want to free them up to make disciples in their homes and neighborhoods. We also believe that a simple model
is much more reproducible. (Simple Church by Thom Rainer)
The real question is not what would Jesus do? The real question is what did Jesus do? We cannot go wrong doing the things Jesus did, so by design we will allow the life and works of Christ to guide our steps and activity leading us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the world.
“Without practically attractive, spiritually compelling, proof-positive lifestyles, what good are our claims and pronouncements about a lifechanging God?” (Robert Lewis) The new church will be driven by the question, “If our church was to cease to exist today, would it matter to anybody else besides us?” It is imperative that we start a church that makes a difference in the community.
EXTERNAL RATHER THAN INTERNAL FOCUS
“The Church exists for those who have not yet been to church.” (Jim Henry)
With intentionality, our ministry focus will be external rather than internal. Based on the Great Commission we understand the word “GO” to mean “GO. Our desire is for the members of the Church of the Rockies to be the “salt” and “light” of the world. Our presence needs to be seen and felt more in the community than in a church building.
SACRIFICAL RATHER THAN COMFORTABLE
As followers of Jesus we have developed a burden for lost and hurting people. We want to sacrifice our resources and even our lives for the sake of the glory of Christ among those with urgent spiritual and physical needs throughout our city and our world