Values and Practices

As part of the Communitas missional network, we seek to abide by the following values and practices.

1. KINGDOM SEEKING We value … 

❖ God’s intent for churches to be formed through disciples who live out the Gospel of Jesus and call others to follow Him.

❖ God’s invitation to participate in establishing His Kingdom, which is both now and not yet.

❖ the authority of Scripture and its cultural relevance.

❖ the building of community through the Holy Spirit’s leading and gifting in individuals.

❖ a life of worship and passionate devotion to Christ.

and so we …

➡ actively seek where He is already at work to join with Him.

➡ embrace the daily rhythms of our lives as opportunities to include others in our communities so that they might see Jesus in us and we might see Him in them.

➡ seek to apply God’s Word to real-life situations, prioritizing transformation over information.

➡ are willing to be innovative and take calculated risks to lavishly spread the gospel of Jesus and His kingdom.

➡ engage in service, prayer and study within our communities and as individuals, desiring to keep our focus on Jesus.

2. GRACE ORIENTEDWe value … 

❖ the power of God’s grace to transform lives.

❖ transparency.

❖ the restoring power of forgiveness.

and so we …

➡ welcome and extend God’s grace to others as well as ourselves, seeking to be honest about who we are and growing towards maturity in Christ.

➡ strive for authenticity over conformity and “realness” over performance and we resist attempts to legislate the Christian life through human rules.

➡ purpose to respond redemptively rather than judicially to conflict, choosing to be vulnerable, approachable, open and teachable.

➡ are willing to laugh at ourselves, maintaining a light-hearted element to our relationships and gatherings, yet serious about accomplishing our tasks.

3. PEOPLE FOCUSEDWe value … 

❖ developing relationships.

❖ emotional, relational and spiritual health in individuals, families and communities.

❖ each person’s unique contribution to the Kingdom of God.

❖ leadership which is exercised in a collaborative, facilitative style in a team setting.

and so we …

➡ practice generous hospitality by opening our lives and our homes to the people God brings into our midst.

➡ are committed to developing healthy ministry teams and to caring for both our adults and children in an intentional and holistic manner.

➡ desire that all people develop their character, strengths and spiritual gifts and we promote both personal and professional development for all staff.

➡ embrace gender-balanced and culturally diverse leadership at all levels of our mission.

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