On Sunday we want to try and wrap up the process of clarifying our values.
If you remember
VALUES are foundational motivations and inspiration, nonnegotiable guiding principles. They are our “die fors” those things which
you never sacrifice
give a community a particular “flavour”
characterises everything that happens
never changes as vision, strategies and plans do
There is a lot of debate as to whether its ethical to carry out “genetic engineering” on unborn children to make sure that they have the right DNA for them to develop into healthy children. Well whether its ethical or not when it comes to unborn children, its absolutely vital when it comes to new churches which are about to be born. The DNA created by the core group of a new church will determine the extent to which that church will be a healthy and authentic expression of the Body of Christ. What we are doing right now is seeking God’s help to clarify our DNA, our core values, what will be the “ethos” of our church.
The “ethos” of a movement is the “atmosphere” created by its core values which shapes what it is and what it does. Ethos is the DNA of the community and as I said we are now in the process of clarifying what the ethos will be that will characterise us. We want to come up with about four core values which will be the impression people will have when they encounter Mosaic and guide what we do and how we do it.
What I have tried to do is gather values from other churches, from a variety of different “styles” and theological traditions and from Scotland and elsewhere. Will you have a look at them.
Which ones does you most most like/dislike?
Which one inspires you most?
What makes some easier to understand / remember than others?
Christ before Christianity
…because following a person is different than fitting in to an institution
Rhythm before Regimen
…because greatness must be inspired before it can be managed
Wrestle before Settle
…because easy is not always best
Go before Know
…because sometimes the Promised Land is only visible as you begin to walk
We before Me
…because I may be good but we are better
In all ways MBC aims to be:
. God centred – We seek to know and worship God. This is his Church.
. Prayerful – The prayer life of this church will be foundational for all we do.
. Biblical – God has spoken, is speaking and will speak in and through his word. We are committed to teaching creatively and training people in this way of life. We desire to be a people who live out God’s word daily.
. Relevant – We will meet people where they are and introduce them to a living God.
. Relational – Our goal is to develop relationships through which people come to know Jesus and in which they are strengthened and grow in their life with him. To be relational we will have to be real as we ‘share life’ together and demonstrate authentic practical love to others.
. Radical – We will encourage whole hearted, lifelong following of Jesus. We will expect to see spiritual transformation in all areas of life and consequently will make a difference in Edinburgh (socially, economically, politically, practically).
. Focused – To be this kind of church we need to focus and simplify.
. Faithful – We are a people with a vision and people willing to take faith steps when prompted by the Spirit to move towards God’s goal.
ST PETER’S & ST GEORGES
. . . that we should be Christ-centred in all we do. Our aim as a church is to point people to Jesus and to worship him with all of our lives. We want to become like Jesus. (Philippians 3:10-11)
. . . in the importance of lively, biblically based, relevant and inspired teaching and its effectiveness in helping us to become more Christ-like in character and actions. (2 Timothy 3:14-17)
. . . in the importance of prayer in our life together and in our lives as individuals. We encourage people in prayer and to learn to listen to God together. (Acts 2:42; Philippians 4:6)
. . . that God wants us to be a church that takes calculated risks. To be innovative, radical and creative in our worship, evangelism and life together. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
. . . the church should be a place of openness, honesty and loving relationships. We want people to feel valued and respected as individuals, but also belong to a small group for mutual encouragement, discipline and support. (Acts 2:44-46; Hebrews 10:19-25)
. . . that we should be people of integrity and honesty in all that we do, within and outwith the church. (Matthew 5:13-16)
. . . that people who are not yet Christians matter to God and should be given the opportunity to discover who he is as part of a process, respecting individual personalities and choices. (Luke 15)
. . . that the life God wants us to enjoy together should be characterised by warm loving relationships which offer support in the hard times and laughter in the good times. We want to affirm the gifts of creativity, fun and laughter that God gives to his people and to set aside times for regular celebration. (Nehemiah 12; 1 Corinthians 12:26; 2 Corinthians 9:7)
Serving the world
. . . that the church is made up of individuals, male and female, young and old, all of whom are of equal value to God and to whom he has given gifts to be used in his service. Ministry is therefore the responsibility of each person and we encourage people to discover and use the gifts God has given them. (Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians Chapters 12-14; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 4:11-13)
. . . that we have a responsibility to serve God’s world, locally and globally. We want to be people who serve the communities in which we live and work. We also want to serve the wider church in Scotland where we can. (Colossians 3:15-17)
Faith : Our Christian faith is rooted in tradition, recognises our heritage, is alive in the present, and looks to the future
Worship : We seek to worship God with reverence, dignity, diversity and within our strong musical tradition. Prayer and listening to God are essential aspects of our understanding of worship.
Community : The church is people – a community which is open, generous. diverse, welcoming, hospitable, healing and caring.
Mission : We respond to the call to communicate the faith in care, service, healing, concern and witness; locally, ecumenically and globally.
1. Cultivating a healthy fear and reverence of God
“Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.”
1 Peter 1:17
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
2. Communicating the full counsel of God through clear, relevant, challenging and uncompromising Bible teaching.
“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not aquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
“For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.”
3. Training and equipping the saints for the work of service.
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”
4. Developing a praying people.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
5. Encouraging a caring community.
“Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Everyday they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No-one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy person among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales.”
6. Bringing the gospel to the world and the world to Christ.
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news'”
UNKNOWN: AS A CHURCH WE VALUE HAVING
Hearts for God
Minds for the truth
Knees for prayer
Mouths for encouraging
Hands for caring
Feet for going
UNKNOWN: WE VALUE
The way of Adullam…
Adullam is a congregational network of incarnational communities that are apprenticing kingdom people.
We believe the Kingdom becomes tangible when we integrate…
Communion with God: The church exists to serve God’s redemptive purposes by helping people connect with God.
Mission: Benevolence and practical help to the least of these… and simply those in need.
Here are more details regarding our vision…
The best environment for the kingdom to appear tangible is in the context of an incarnational community.
Stewardship: Adullam Communities function with a lean infrastructure which allows for the maximum resources to be used for leadership development & missional projects.
Gathering: Keep it simple and consistent. Our gatherings serve as a blessing for our children and as a place of connection that holds our people together on mission.
Love and inclusion for all: including the jaded de-churched, leery and lost in every and all places.
Transformation: We offer environments for God to change people natural tendencies toward consumerism, materialism, and individualism.
Empowerment : Our commitment to the Priesthood of Believers allows us to develop and release our people to innovate and create ministry wherever they are.
Apprenticeship: Stewarding the individual development of every person to be more like Jesus.
If you’re not sure that Adullam is your cup of tea, don’t worrry, there are a lot of other really good churches around Denver to check out that might be more your style.
HEALING PLACE CHURCH
out to a lost and dying world to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
out to people who are hurting or traditionally overlooked.
beyond the walls of the church and into the community to love others with Jesus-style compassion.
across the ocean to provide spiritual and physical help to those in need.
the world by sending out fully committed disciples.
people where they are.
the community in creative ways.
the world by serving one.
by developing a culture of servanthood.
generously to build God’s Kingdom.
unselfishly as stewards of God’s resources.
so that God receives the glory.
honor to God through dynamic, Christ-centered, Spirit-led worship and prayer.
people where they are.
the community in creative ways.
the world by serving one.
by developing a culture of servanthood.
the Kingdom of God by building the capacity of people for life and ministry.
the Kingdom of God by investing in future generations.
the Kingdom of God by planting life-giving churches at multiple sites in our city, state, nation and world.
the Kingdom of God by connecting people to one another.
the Kingdom of God by building leaders who lead by serving.
GREENHOUSE CULTURE …. Kansas
Our community seeks to run on generosity, patience, peace, and truth. We are learning to put the teaching of Jesus into practice.
ST ANDREWS CHORLEYWOOD
What is it like to be a part of St Andrew’s?
Whether we’re gathered together or out and about in NET’s, we hope that our members and the people we meet will get a taste of…
We love spending time in God’s presence. We want to find that special place where we can worship freely, knowing that there is nothing we can do to earn the Father’s love.
We believe the Bible is God’s Word and contains the truth about us and our world. We look to the Holy Spirit for understanding of the Word and to hear the Father’s heart for our lives today.
We are building authentic communities of people who are free to come as they are, but who don’t want to leave unchanged. We’re part of one big family so we try not to hide from one another, even when it’s hard.
As the most important relationship we’ll ever have gets restored, so do the relationships we have with those who are on the journey with us. We long to see more people come to know the Father through Jesus.
Each one of us is made in the image of God. There is a whole universe of potential inside. We want to see people realising their gifts and becoming all that God created them to be.
LIFE CHURCH KANSAS
We believe it is vital to cultivate lifestyles of authenticity in how we relate to God and others. We are committed to providing a place where people experience acceptance, find answers to their questions, and are encouraged to grow spiritually. The Good News of Jesus Christ offers spiritual freedom that saturates every area of our lives; this provides freedom from hurts, destructive habits, unhealthy relationships, and anything else that holds us back from truly knowing God and His purposes for our lives.
Our desire is that the reality of God’s presence is expressed in genuine, relevant, and powerful ways through our services, relationships, and lifestyles. We are committed to using creative methods to communicate the ageless truth of God’s love to people in our community. The Bible holds the key to unlock God’s purposes in every person’s life. We are seeking a synergy of Biblical truth and modern methods that will speak directly to this generation.
Revolution means “a change of government.” Jesus is “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” Our “revolution” is to reveal the amazing grace of our Saviour to those who have yet to meet this amazing King and make Him the Lord of their lives! We believe that God has commissioned the Church to be a life-giving force and extension of His love. Life Church is committed to impacting the world in practical ways; helping to bring about change in individuals, families, our community, and the world.
MOSAIC CHURCH GLASGOW
Our Values: Mosaic’s values are communion, community and co-mission. This means we value connecting with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (communion), love being & serving with others (community), and want to make a difference locally and beyond in the through and in the name of Jesus Christ (co-mission). At the centre of these three values, we believe is the Mission of God – it’s where God is already working. Our desire is to be constantly moving to where God is already at work.
Our Life Practices: We have six life practices that help us live as disciples of Jesus in today’s culture:
Make community practical
Impact the urban landscape
Cultivate a culture of celebration
Learn to listen to God
Pursue friendships for eternity
MOSIAC @ WALT DISNEY WORLD
Our Core Values
Core Values are those things that matter most to you. Mosaic Church exists to demonstrate our passion for God and His passion for people. This translates into three Core Values that we live by.
We want every person at Mosaic to:
Include God in everything.
Obey His commands.
Study His words.
Live simply, Work diligently, Give generously.
Serve each other.
Forgive each other.
Build each other up.
Teach each other.
Serve the World
Share God’s love with others.
Help those in need.
Pray for others.
Plant churches that love God, love people, and serve the world.