Core Values Of Our Church Vision
by Elder Norman Fox
This is part 3 of a series on church vision.
Before we outline the core values of our vision, let's review our church vision and tackle a few questions the elders had to toss around to bring shape and definition to our vision statement:
Making Disciples Together - in our homes, in the church, among our neighbors, throughout the world.
The Great Commission
On one hand, every church in the world has the same Biblical vision and is fueled by the same motivation. That shared vision is commonly called the Great Commission and it's to “go … make disciples of all nations” found in Matthew 28:18-20
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The Great Commandment
The motivational fuel behind this decree is commonly called the Great Commandment, a calling to love God and others, found in Matthew 18:37-40:
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Without the Great Commission and the Great Commandment, the church of Jesus Christ would be without the pathway to fulfill its purpose to glorify God.
The church would be a cultural institution that bends to the purposes and motivations of the world rather than that of God. This is also true on a personal level for you and me. Without these two commands, you and I would be without the pathway to fulfill our purpose to glorify God and His kingdom.
Those who claim the name of Christ around the world have a common vision fueled by a common motivation.
Why are there so many different churches?
God has called all churches for His common purpose to glorify Him through the Great Commission fueled by the Great Commandment. But consider that He has also called various churches to reach various people in our communities and around the world. So the “what” and the “why” should be the same among churches, but the “how” may be different as God has called various churches to reach different types of people. Our church vision and values are “how” we think God is calling Calvary Bible Church to carry out the Great Commission and Great Commandment in the world and our communities.
So with this in mind, let’s look at the core values of Calvary:
What are core values?
Core values are short statements that define the identity of a church. They are the key planks that make up the platform of the church. They are the culture and beliefs that are the distinctives of a church.
The five core values of Calvary Bible Church -
As the vision team and the elders talked and prayed about the vision, we agreed on five core values that define us:
- Dependence on God’s grace alone.
- Surrender in joyful obedience to God and His kingdom.
- Christ-centered teaching that transforms God's people.
- Gospel-shaped community that fosters redemptive relationships among believers.
- Inter-generational culture that fosters unity across age groups.
Calvary Bible Church: Making Disciples Together - in our homes, in the church, among our neighbors, throughout the world.