While our Mission speaks to the what of our church’s ministry, our Core Values address the how. These five Core Values describe our DNA here at SFMC.
If our Mission is to see our church actually function as an authentic, biblical community of Jesus followers, then our Core Values define the ways we want to actually go about living out this kind of community.
We are committed to be a community that is:
Grace-Filled: Where people are loved, valued, and accepted. Where forgiveness is extended and mercy abounds.
Organic: Where more emphasis is put on creating the best conditions for spiritual growth and community than on specific results. Where emphasis is on authenticity over artificiality; effectiveness over efficiency. Where the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) is a natural consequence of walking and keeping in step with the Spirit.
Relational: Where people are more important than programs and things. Where a spirit of community and sense of family take precedence over activity. Where slowing down is valued and time spent with one another is given priority.
Intergenerational: Where people of all ages and generations are included and encouraged to belong and participate. Where humility and self-sacrifice are practiced in consideration and service to other age-groups. Where three, if not four, generations of families are active participants in the life of the church.
Team Ministry-Oriented: Where people work together in ministry and service. Where decisions and planning are done in collaboration. Where servant leadership is modeled and expected.
“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.”
Philippians 2:1-4 (The Message)