Last week I introduced our new mission and vision statements. This week I want to share our recently adopted core values.
If our mission is the main thing we do, and our vision is what the world (or our slice of it) looks like when we do the main thing, then our values are the guideposts to keep us moving in the right direction. Some people liken them to the "rumble strips" on the highway that let you know when you've slipped out of your lane.
When it comes to value statements, "actual" values are more important than "aspired" values. In other words, what are the things our community actually values, right this minute? Goals are great, and we all want to grow and develop more Christ-like virtues and values. But our actual values, to the extent that they represent Jesus well, will be our best guides.
We looked at the history of our predecessor congregations, and we talked with and listened to participants in each congregation. The values we chose are strengths of New Springs Community right now. We want to use these strengths to help us fulfill our mission and vision statements.
New Springs Values: These core values guide our community, helping us to be faithful to our mission and to live in the direction of God's vision for us.
God loves all people, and we will too. Everyone is welcome at New Springs. People matter to God. Everyone means everyone: cynics, skeptics, the lost, the lonely, those filled with energy and hope, introverts, extroverts, wise and mature believers, learners, married, single, old, and young...continue reading here.