Our Core Values For 2016

December 11, 2015


core values

Core values are important to us all… we are governed by them in our daily life, whether we recognize them or not, and they guide our decision making in everything that we do… should I change jobs? Is it the right time to look at starting a family? Should I tithe more next year?

When it comes to ministry, core values are not really any different.  Core values should provide the framework in which a ministry engages with the people it serves.  Core values are the core beliefs and practices a ministry adheres to in everything it does!

Core Values:

  • Honor God.
  • Clarify who we are.
  • Help explain why we do ministry the way we do.
  • Guide the decisions we make.
  • Determine how we’ll serve others.

DecemberPics 017On November 29th some of our team members gathered together to develop our 1st set of Core Values for our Special Friends Ministry.  Other team members who couldn’t attend the meeting provided their ideas via emails, text messages, and telephone calls!

Here are the core values that our Special Friends Ministry team selected for how we will serve others throughout 2016:

  • Christ-Centered:  We believe God’s Word is the foundation of all wisdom and knowledge. Through Christ we find merciful forgiveness and an invitation to a daily, personal walk empowered by the Holy Spirit. We are led by Christ in our search for truth.  I Corinthians 3:11.
  • Fellowship Together:  We believe that Jesus expects His church to be a community in which loving relationships are built. Therefore, we are committed to encourage, help, love, and show kindness to one another (Ephesians 4:1-6, 32; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Peter 1:22).
  • Serve Others:  We believe that every believer is uniquely designed and gifted to serve the Lord. Therefore, we will strive to equip and mobilize our people to minister inside and outside our church (Romans 12:6-8; Eph. 4:11-13; 1 Peter 4:10).
  • Support Families:  We believe families are close to God’s heart because He created “family.”  Therefore, we believe that we should be there for families to continually lean on us for spiritual support, encouragement, and comfort (Genesis 1:28; 1 Thess.5:11).

These four core values will guide us in honoring God and clarifying how we will serve kids, teens, and adults with special needs…and support their families…during 2016!

Thank you to all of our Special Friends Ministry team members who contributed to developing these Core Values.


About Michael Woods

Christ-follower, husband, chocoholic, and peanut-butter lover! I'm a father to triplet boys...each on the autism spectrum.

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