• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

I’m accepted, I value

Valued_Partner_Program_ND_SatComThe Gospel is front and center in our core values.  It is in many ways, the core value from which all the other values stem.  The Gospel means that our lives are not directed by needing to do something in order to be accepted, but that everything has been done for us already in the Cross so that we might be fully accepted.  Because I am accepted, I cherish and live out the values that characterize us as believers and as a community.

One writer talks about core values in this way: “The core values of an organization are those values we hold which form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves.  Core values are not the descriptions of the work we do or the strategies we employ to accomplish our mission.”  It is a kind of internal compass or GPS in that provides the drive to our work and activities.

The world in which we serve is changing at an amazing speed.  Our values are the bedrock from which we serve as an organization.  WT core values, our ethos, should direct our hearts and actions and guide our life and ministry in this changing world.

Here’s the thing I’m discovering though with core values: many people enjoy discussing them, trying to put just the right words to express them well, but struggle to work them out.  The real test of our commitment to core values is how they are actually worked out in our lives and ministries.  Aspirational values are not the same as actualized values.

So here’s a quick test that Karry suggested recently: without looking, can you name our core values as a WT global community?  I’ve already helped you with one.

2 Responses

  1. The Gospel is definitely something I reflect on and try to put into practice each day, no matter what I’m ‘doing’ that day. The Gospel also is the base for the activity of mentoring/training/discipleship. Though cultures and methods may vary, this lasting truth influences how I craft this activity.

    • Thanks for underscoring the centrality of the first and primary core value as well as demonstrating in the way you teach and train.

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