I was pondering a post about the core values discussion that I participated in this morning at our church, but then I started to second guessed myself. I always hesitate to write stuff about my own church. It's usually out of fear that someone will misconstrue what I say/write and it'll come back to bite me in the rear. (That couldn't possibly happen though, right?)
I also have a personal struggle with feelings of inadequacies...but that's for another post.
With that being said, I'm trying to process what the core values in a church should look like. My own personal feeling is that core values should be seen and known by every person (whether they know Jesus or not) that enters the presence of a particular church community. For that reason I feel core values need to be free of the Christian-ese lingo. They need to be simple and to the point. But they need to be tangible.
The few that have raced through my brains were these:
- Scripture - We teach it. We study it. We live it.
- People - Every person has value and worth, regardless of their economic, spiritual, ethnic, social or physical condition.
- Authenticity - We're all a mess, so let's get real about it. Let's admit our faults, mistakes and short-comings; let's forgive; let's accept and love each other as we are...and then repeat daily.
- Relevance - We speak the language of our community so they have a hope of understanding what we're saying.