Our Values Drive Us
Vision in ministry is important but we also need to know how it can be achieved.
My first solo trip across our nation took place when I was eighteen years old. I boarded a CNR train in Toronto and for three days looked forward to seeing (my "Vision") the Pacific Ocean. It may seem at first that the principle tool used to get me across this vast land was the diesel locomotive whose constant sounds reminded me we were still on the journey. Yet, that would not be entirely accurate. Without the two iron rails laid out with precision and determination, the most powerful engine in the world could not bring me to my destination.
Vision is like the ocean in my illustration. But the rails on which we rode I would call the values we live by and work by. You can see how these are crucial to the journey of vision.
If the AGC is actually to be a "Movement of Healthy Reproducing Churches" (vision) we need to be sure we operate within the confines of the values we embrace.
Values define us and shape us. Values direct us and bind us together to keep us moving forward toward the goal. Values attract others to join us in the vision.
Our values drive us…… but how?
- Biblical Authority ... a powerful message
- Dynamic Spirituality ... a Spirit filled ministry
- Loving Relationships ... a heart to share the gospel with the unreached
- Effective Disciple making ... preparing the next generation of leaders and evangelists
- Intentional Reproduction ... church planting, multiply services and church growth
- Strategic Partnerships ... we can't do it alone
- Cultural Transformation ... a message that changes the community to be more open to the gospel
- Leadership Development ... everyone staying strong in the ministry
To live or work outside of the value "rails" ensures that we would over time be very busy and expend energy, but we will be off the rails as it were. In short, the vision is derailed. Visions compel us but values propel us. They keep us aligned with the vision.
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8
May God richly bless us as we move toward the goal.