Core values are a set of priorities. They help define who we are as a church regarding how we make decisions. Core values are not doctrinal statements (we hold to the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message) but they do reflect the truth of His Word.
- Jesus before everything: (John 1:1-18; 17:5; Galatians 4:4,5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-4; 1 John 4:9,10) In all things Christ is preeminent. We look to His Word to make sure we are honoring Him in everything we do. We do not look to the ever-changing winds of the culture to define our evangelism, discipleship or worship.
- Prayer before action: (Psalm 63:1; Daniel 9:3-19; Acts 12:12; Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2,12; I Thessalonians 5:16-18) God works through the prayers of his people. He is not moved by what the world says is power nor is He impressed by our ingenuity. If we are not desperately seeking Him in prayer our actions will be dust in the wind. Praying people must also be working people of action.
- Love before leading: (Psalm 23:2; Isaiah 40:11; Matthew 20:26, 28; I Corinthians 13:1-13; Philippians 1:9-11; I Timothy 4:12, 16) Jesus taught that we are not to lead in a domineering manner. We cannot neglect the needs of those around us as we lead the church forward. History is replete with tragic accounts of leaders who did not love the people. We are to be the servants of all by Christ’s example.
- Health before growth: (John 15:1-10; Acts 2:42-47; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22,23; Ephesians 5:18-21; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 2 Timothy 4:1,2) Church growth and church health is not the same. We acknowledge that a church can grow without being healthy but its footing is unstable. A look at the churches in Revelation reveals that their problems resulted because they were unhealthy churches. A healthy church should grow.
- People before programs: (Matthew 8:3; 9:35-38; Mark 1:41; Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-37; I Thessalonians 2:17-20; 2 Timothy 1:3) People matter to God and they matter to us. Genuine life in the Spirit is born as we strive to meet one another’s needs through love, generosity and unity. We cannot package our way to living the Great Commission life. God’s design is not for His church to be program-driven but people-driven.