What are values (taken from Auxano)?
- They express deeply held beliefs.
- Guide the actions and reveal the strengths of a church.
- They are the “corporate” behavior and become the lens through which we make decisions.
Why should a church have values?
- They nurture God-honoring unity & direction.
- They help define clearly the basis of good decision-making.
- They free the church to say “no” to good things in order for the best thing.
What are Foothills’ proposed values?
Authority of the Bible
- Our foundation will be the Bible. We submit our lives and our church to the authority of Scripture.
- 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:3-9; 2 Peter 1:21
- Doing things Scripture’s way instead of our own.
- A commitment to our historic reading and interpretation of Scripture.
- Believing/doing things that may not be popular in culture.
- People matter to God, therefore they matter to us.
- Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 10:45; Luke 15.
- Removing unnecessary barriers (insider language, unhelpful traditions, etc.)
- Focusing our time and resources towards the needs and interests of people outside the church.
- Why do we have smaller groups of men/women that meet throughout the week? To live out the truths/practices of biblical Christianity in close proximity to others (i.e. we desire a community-oriented culture)
- Genesis 3; Romans 12:9-21.
- Investing in personal relationships to experience transformation.
- Outdoing one another in showing honor and pursuing hospitality with one another.
- We are committed to intentionally leaving margin in our schedule to serve our families, neighbors, and nations.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Ephesians 5:15-17; Mark 1:35-38; Matthew 15:24; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:17
- Doing less at church so we can do more at home and our community.
- Having a church calendar that starts later and ends sooner during the school year.
- Providing healthy space between events and initiatives.
- “Doing less for greater impact.”