Our core values reflect the personality of our organization. Along with our core beliefs, they are the fundamental principles and realities we stand for. While our mission is the “what” and “why” of our existence, our values define who we are and how we go about our mission.
1. Personal Wholeness
We are committed to being a community who seeks wholeness. God created us as integrated beings: social, emotional, physical, and spiritual creatures. But the fall brought about massive disintegration–every aspect of our being was corrupted. However, in Christ, we are being renewed in the image of God (Col. 3:9-10). Therefore, we value the whole person by nurturing relationships, pursuing emotional well-being, caring for physical needs, and prioritizing our daily walk with Christ. This shapes not only our personal lives, but our organizational culture.
2. Common Good
We are committed to being a community who seeks the common good of all. This has been God’s will for his covenant people throughout history. God’s promise to the children of Abraham was to bless them so that they might be a blessing to all nations (Gen. 12:1-3). While in exile in Babylon, God’s people were to seek the peace and prosperity of the city in which they lived (Jer. 29:7). We also live in exile (1 Pet. 1:1, 11), and are called to seek the good of all people (Gal. 6:10), imaging our Heavenly Father who is good to all (Psalm 145:9) and sends rain on the just and the unjust (Matt. 5:45). We love the cities in which we live and seek to pursue the common good.
3. Uncommon Generosity
We are committed to being a community who extends generosity to those around us. Since we are recipients of lavish grace from God, we are commissioned to be gracious and generous to others (2 Cor. 8:8-9). Christ’s self-giving is our model for how we give all of our resources, including our time, energy, and talent. Generosity is also exemplified in the warm hospitality we offer to others. We seek to live out generosity in our personal interactions, the excellence of our planning, and the beauty of our surroundings.
4. Entrepreneurial Mindset
We are committed to being a community who has a mindset of innovation. We have an instinct to create new things and are open to unexpected ways to serve and create value. We take risks and try experiments in an effort to constantly improve. We are always asking, “What did we learn?” and “How can we make this better?” This leads us to be a collaborative community, a place where we invite and give constructive feedback.
5. Individual Dignity
We are committed to being a community who shows respect for all people. Since we are image bearers of God, we believe that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. This means we listen across the organization, don’t belittle or ignore anyone’s voice, and seek to understand before being understood. In addition, we respect each individual’s freedom and autonomy in doing their work in order to create a culture of empowerment and trust.
6. Humble Confidence
We are committed to being a community who exemplifies humility, while holding firm convictions. This is not a paradox. The cross of Christ humbles us and the resurrection of Christ gives us great confidence. These attitudes lead us to live with a hopeful realism. We remain hopeful, believing that redemptive change is possible even while we are realistic given our understanding of human limitations as we await the consummation of all things. This means we are not arrogant or divisive in stating our convictions, or triumphalistic in our expectations. Instead, we engage our world with humble confidence.
7. Diverse Perspectives
We are committed to being a community who pursues diverse voices in the conversation around faith, work, and economics. While we are committed to a set of core beliefs, we acknowledge that different racial, denominational, and socioeconomic groups approach these issues with different perspectives. We value these differences, and believe there is great opportunity for wisdom and unity as we listen and learn from each other. This has implications for speakers we choose, participants we invite, staff we hire, and groups we engage.