One of the things I have been doing with our staff team this year is clarifying our “pastoral team core values.” This document is an attempt to “institutionalize” good values in our workplace. For example, in core value #1, humility, the question is how we can practice humility in the ways we work together. My focus is not on how these values should show up in our personal
lives, but rather how they pervade the workplace.
We are writing these values together as a staff, and are proceeding at the rate of about 1 per month. I’m very open to anyone’s input. Here is the 2nd installment:
Core Value #2: People are the Mission//Matthew 28:18–20
- We believe the central mission of our church is to make disciples of all nations.
- The focus of our ministries is on people, not on “projects.” We don’t simply paint walls or feed the poor. These things are an important part of showing the love of Christ, but our special commission as the church, our priority, is to make disciples. Everything we do must serve that end.
- Recognizing that we all naturally drift away from evangelism, we pastors must continually reinforce that the goal of all that we do is to make disciples. When it comes to keeping focused on the mission, the human heart is like a car that is severely out of alignment. The moment you take your hands off of the wheel, the car drifts quickly toward the ditch of “social ministry.” Social ministry is easy and non-controversial. As pastors, we have to continually pull people back to evangelism. We are committed to blessing the city and meeting her social felt needs, but our primary purpose is bringin people to Jesus.
- As the mission of God is to reach people, we will “do church” in whatever way best reaches people. Our preferences, even as pastors, will be seconded to His mission. The church doesn’t belong to us, it belongs to God. Thus, we will do church according to what is most effective in making disciples of Christ.
In other news, I thought it was funny that on Amazon.com, at the place they sell my book, Breaking the Islam Code, the “product” they chose to sell in conjunction with it was an online Muslim dating service. See below…