BY DR. STEVE DUNN
Part 3 a Series
In my last post in this series, I spoke of a suggestions for getting started in helping your church develop a Great Commission Mentality. Before proceeding further, we have to address a critical component–embedding the core values of a Great Commission Mentality that are needed to undergird a Great Commission Intentionality.
Despite your vision, your identified mission, and your defined strategy of being a Great Commission Church–it will not succeed with people who share the values needed to sustain it. We often focus on “doing” on activities rather than “being”–who were are. It is a well developed fact that values drive behaviors.
Aubrey Mallphurs speaks of values in this way:
A church’s primary values are defined as its constant, passionate, biblical core beliefs that drive its ministry. This definition has five key elements.
1. Core values are constant. Core values change very slowly. Change usually takes from 2 to 4 years. This is why it is hard to revitalize an established church. It takes time to change people’s values. Consequently, it’s critical that you begin with the right values.
2. Core values are passionate. Vision is a seeing word; passion is a feeling word. Core values touch the heart and elicit strong emotions. They stir feelings that can move people to biblical, Christ-honoring ministry.
3. Core values are biblical. The true test of a credo or values statement is: Does it square with Scripture? The statement doesn’t have to be found in the Bible, but it shouldn’t contradict the Bible.
4. Core values are core beliefs. People use various synonyms for values: precepts, principles, tenets, standards, or assumptions. (Some of these terms may not equate with values.) Values are your primary or core beliefs. A belief is a conviction or opinion you hold to be true based on limited evidence or proof.
5. Values drive the ministry. Values are the deeply ingrained drivers behind the behavior of a church. This includes the decisions made, money spent, risks taken, problems solved, goals set, and priorities determined.
Let me suggest several core values that need to be taught, embraced, shared and then translated into the church’s behaviors:
1. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by making disciples. (Matthew 25)
2. It takes disciples to make disciples. (To be a discipler means, “I have a life worth imitating)
3. The church is in the business of giving itself away (sacrificial servanthood)
4. The church must be out of the building to live out its missions (bridgebuilding)
5. The church must practice Christian hospitality as it welcomes people.
6. Evangelism comes through relationship
6. People need an invitation
Previous posts in this series: EQUIPPING AND UNLEASING A GREAT COMMISSION INTENTIONALITY
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