Foothills’ Proposed Values AND why your church should have values.

Values

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

Demonstrated by…

  • 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.

Lost People

  • People matter to God, therefore they matter to us.
  • Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 10:45; Luke 15.

Demonstrated by…

  • Removing unnecessary barriers (insider language, unhelpful traditions, etc.)
  • Focusing our time and resources towards the needs and interests of people outside the church.

Better Together

  • 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.

Demonstrated by…

  • Investing in personal relationships to experience transformation.
  • Outdoing one another in showing honor and pursuing hospitality with one another.

Simplicity 

  • 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

Demonstrated by…

  • 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.”

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