We will pursue the vision Jesus gave His Church represented through The Great Commandment and The Great Commission as the two pillars of what it means to be a Christ-centered Church.
37Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
18Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Aspirational values are exactly that, aspirational. These values take a lifetime to develop so the real value is in the growth we experience as we go. We may stumble and take a few steps forward to slide a few steps back, but we aspire to be people who increasingly display these character traits. We also know that values must be adopted individually, so each one is worded in the first person.
I will daily surrender my will, pride, ego, reputation, and future to my Heavenly Father trusting He gives grace to the humble. I will live in the reality that all things are from Him, through Him, and for Him. I will seek to add value in all things.
I will listen to others, appreciate and validate their journey, thoughts, and feelings. I will seek to join others in their valley of suffering, struggle, and growth.
I will combat shame, lies, and victim-thinking in my life. I will pursue emotional fitness and authentic relationships through transparency and vulnerability about my struggles, failures, emotions, desires, and dreams—with people I trust. I will lead the way in surrender, sacrifice, and service and share my story to benefit others.
I will recognize that everyone is just like me, in need of patience because they are flawed and kindness because they are fragile. I will be patient and kind—this is love.
I will refuse to be wise in my own eyes. I will pursue self-awareness and personal growth by inviting feedback and counsel from those in my circle. I will operate in reality and accept disappointment, criticism, and struggles as a gift to help me grow and view blessings as the test of my values and my faith.