Ecclesial Core Values

1. God-centeredness of approach to worship, prayer, life, service, and witness.

(What we are and do begins and ends with God.)

2. The prioritization of Scripture over traditionalism, emotionalism, and rationalism.

(We attest the old, the new, the lively, and the learned not by the standards of Christian or secular culture, but by Scripture.)

3. The normalization of expository preaching as most consistent with the supremacy of the Word of God.

(We believe the typical diet of regular Sunday pulpit ministry should be neither doctrinaire [e.g., catechesis or systematic theology] nor anecdotal [popularist], but a close reflection of the teaching and tenor of Scripture.[1] In short, Scripture is to be the unrivaled foundation of our doctrine and its application.)

4. An esteem for our Reformed theology and history, expressed sympathetic-critically.

(We neither dismiss our forebears nor do we idolize them. Rather, we follow their example, attesting all teaching, viewpoints, and beliefs by Scripture, theirs included, applying to the present what continues to withstand the scrutiny of Scripture. In short, we seek by the Spirit’s illumination of the Word an ongoing biblical renewal of our theology distinct from its mere regurgitation.)

5. The pursuit of the biblical balance of doctrine and practice.

(We seek the reflection of Christ’s grace and truth in the gathering [pre-evangelism and evangelism], nurturing [discipleship], and equipping [witness and ministry] of our covenant community.)

6. Commitment to cross-cultural ministry.

(We believe God has called us to gather in the lost around us regardless of who they are (e.g., history in sin, economic standing, ethnic background), according to the gifts of ministry available in our covenant community.)

Passed by Consistory, April 6, 2009

 


[1]This core value ought not to be read as a rejection of the importance and value of teaching the historic standards of the Reformed faith. We merely suggest that as resources for teaching they are more suitable in church settings other than public worship.