Our Core Values
Our core values are characteristics that will be built into our DNA as a church and as individuals. We believe so strongly in these statements that we will make decisions based around them. We will do everything we can to help new people who come to Everyday Church understand what we are about and why.
1. Church is a Verb
Our job is not to “do church” as a once a week event but to be the people of God in an unmistakable way in the world. Everyday living is where spiritual development is worked out. Loving God and loving our neighbors require us to move into action. Church activity is not always an accurate portrayal of genuine spiritual vitality. God has placed His followers in various sectors of society to be the Gospel in a living example.
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. – 2 Cor 5:18-20
2. Every Life is Welcome
All people are created in the image of God. His love for them is not based upon race, age, or gender.
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. – James 2:1
So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. – Acts 10:34-35
3. God is Global
The Bible is not an American book. It is a book for all people. The same is true for God. God does not love Americans more than those from any other country. We desire to immulate God’s heart for all people and nations.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. – Matt 28:19-20
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
4. Community is Key
The Christian life was never meant to be lived alone. Having Godly community in your life is beneficial. We are losing the heart of Christianity when we try to do it without other people. The first Christians understood this truth: following Jesus is always done best when done in community. Regardless of how hard it is to form community, to take the risk to invite people into your life and be a part of theirs, we need to go about the work of making community happen.
Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. 1 Thessalonians 2:8
5. Maturity Requires Sacrifice
Believers are missionaries and thus should be the ones making the sacrifices. A missionary sacrifices everything but the Gospel for the sake of the Gospel. We will not cater who we are for our own desires but to the people we are trying to reach.
To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. – I Cor. 9:22-23