I. We value SERVANT LEADERSHIP. We believe that Christ has put significant leadership authority in the hands of the senior pastor and leadership team. We aim to exercise that authority with humility, selflessness, grace, care for the sheep and a sincere desire to build up the Body of Christ. (II Timothy 2:24-25; John 10:11b)
J. We value the INDIVIDUAL, single or married, adult or child. We believe that all people will someday stand before God and have their life examined to disclose the degree of stewardship they have exercised in their lives and work. We want everyone we know to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:21)
We plan to help one another strive to do all we are called to do in our generation. We believe everyone can and should minister; therefore, equipping the body is a goal in all of our actions.
K. We value UNITY. We are convinced that all who belong to Christ are one in His Body, the Church. We aim to maintain unity by honoring all who call on Jesus’ name and by seeking reconciliation with all parts of His church. (John 17:21-23)
L. We value COMMUNITY, a “sense of belonging.” We are honored by every person whom God adds to the Gadsden Vineyard Church and desire that he or she participate in a small group where he or she can live and grow in a community of love and acceptance. In small groups people learn to love one another and to share in the ministry of reaching the unchurched. (I Corinthians 13:4-7; Colossians 3:12-14)
M. We value REALITY. We aim to walk in the Spirit and expect to see real supernatural works of God. We aim also to function on the natural plane based on God’s leading and excellent, rational thinking. (James 1:5) We strive to hear the Holy Spirit and walk by faith. We also believe that the Spirit’s promptings will go hand in hand with realistic, rational thinking.
N. We value SIMPLICITY. We desire to do nothing for religious effect but rather to operate in a natural low-key, unpretentious manner. We want every expression of ours—whether our speech, our music, our behaviors, and our physical environment to be non-hyped and reality based. We enjoy showmanship and stage presence but value it only as good theater and entertaining. (Philippians 4:4-8)
O. We value BEING CULTURE CURRENT. We aim to develop an atmosphere of ease and to speak, act, and dress in ways to which our culture can respond positively. We want to use music, terminology, and technology to stay in touch with our communities and meet their needs. (I Corinthians 9:19-23)
P. We value DUTY. We believe that as Christians we have moral obligations to perform regardless of what our emotions dictate. (Hebrews 10:25)
Q. We value LOYALTY that is an ever enduring, steadfast, faithful, patient, persevering attitude and action toward other Christians. (John 15:13; Proverbs 17:17; Ecclesiastes 4:9-11; I Corinthians 13:4-7)
R. We value EFFICIENCY. We want to get as many people involved in the ministry as is possible. (Current research shows that only fifteen to twenty percent is involved in ministry in the average traditional church setting.) We strive to discover one another's spiritual gifts and calling to encourage each other to grow in Kingdom ministry.
U. We value being BUILDING (FACILITIES) CONSCIENTIOUS. We will use any space necessary to get the job done to equip our people. We believe the main work of the church takes place in small groups. We have no desire to build a fancy building for attracting people or to prove we have arrived; we prefer our “form to follow the function” when it comes to the spaces we rent or purchase. We work at establishing Kingdom authority over facilities for which we are responsible. We also aim at making our environs as aesthetically pleasing as is reasonable.
V. We value ACCOUNTABILITY. Small group meetings commonly focus on a Biblical teaching related to a life problem. Because one cannot hide in a small group, there is a natural relational accountability in this environment. We believe the leaders and members stay spiritually healthy through close accountability and transparent relationships.
W. We value GENEROSITY. We are committed to freely give away all that we have freely received from God.
Y. We value OUR CHURCH CULTURE. We love who we are and our evolving unique church culture.