As part of Christ-centered life, we believe that it is important to live in community. As such, we have adopted 5 sets of characteristics to live out as part of our community and community interactions.
LIVING IN COMMUNITY
Humility and Selflessness.
We will exercise humility as we live in relationship with one another. We will realize that our
mindset should be the same as Christ Jesus who “made himself nothing by taking the very nature
of a servant” and who “humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”
In humility, we will acknowledge our own personal shortcomings as we follow God’s direction
for the future of our church, whatever that may be. We will consider what is best for our church
as we seek to glorify God, not what may be best for us individually or for a particular group
within the church. In selflessness, we are willing to sacrifice and be inconvenienced for the sake
of the gospel. (See Philippians 2:5-8; Romans 7:14-19; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
Value and Respect.
We will value each other as people gifted by God and as members of the body of Christ. We will
work to live in respectful relationship with one another, to clothe ourselves with the compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience that flow out of the abiding life in Christ. We will
offer our ideas and opinions with love, grace, and truth, letting our “conversations always be full
of grace, seasoned with salt.” We will speak words, both privately and publicly, which build each
other up and do not tear each other down. (See 1 Corinthians 12:1-31a; Colossians 3:12-17; Colossians 4:6; Ephesians 4:29)
Listening and Speaking
We will actively listen with open minds to the constructive opinions, ideas, and concerns of
others. We will, when a response is appropriate, respond with thoughtfulness and sensitivity
recognizing that we “should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” When
we do speak, we will do so gently and not harshly. (See James 1:19-20; Proverbs 15:1)
Reconciliation and Grace.
We will accept disagreement, conflict, and assessment as normal and natural. We will deal with
difficult issues in a prayerful, gentle, and loving way. When we disagree with or wish to offer
constructive criticism of another, we will always go first to that person and communicate directly
with them before involving others. We will direct others to do the same as we will remember the
words of Christ who commanded us to “go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister.” We will
extend the grace of God to one another, to acknowledge when we have done wrong, to seek
forgiveness, and to “forgive each other just as God in Christ also has forgiven us.” We will
actively pursue peace with one another. (See Philippians 4:6-7; Matthew 18:15-17; Matthew 5:23-24; Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 5:9)
Honor and Leadership.
We will respect those in leadership recognizing that Christ, as the Chief Shepherd, has committed
to those in leadership the responsibility to shepherd the flock of God. We will honor those in
leadership so that they may serve with joy, not grief. Leadership, as they are accountable to God
for watching over souls, will exercise their oversight in a biblical manner and serve as godly
examples to the flock. (See 1 Peter 5:1-3; Hebrews 13:17)