An exercise for discerning Core Values at St. John's Lutheran Church, July 2019
The Growing God’s Mission Team has been charged with leading the congregation through a process of reflection upon our Mission, Vision, and Goals. Part of the discernment of our mission is to identify core values. Core values are specific values which identify a congregation, which are central to its mission. We are seeking to identify three or four central core values which clearly describe St. John’s, and which, if neglected, would lead to a drift away from our Mission.
As part of this process, the Growing God’s Mission Team, Congregation Council members, and Table Coordinators have generated a list of values which we see and treasure at St. John’s. They are values submitted by leaders who believe they are values which we actually hold, not just values we wish we held.
We are inviting individual responses, not household responses. This form should be filled out by EACH PERSON participating in the life of St. John's.
We ask you to please do this exercise thoughtfully and prayerfully.
Q1) Please enter your name. Names will NOT be shared. The GGM team will be looking just at totals. The only reason we are asking for names is so that we will know who has already participated and who needs to be reminded!
Q2) To help identify St. John's core values, please choose 3 or 4 of these proposed values. Choose those which you believe to be MOST representative of our congregation. If you have doubts about whether or not we truly hold a value, please do not choose it. Again, please CHOOSE THREE OR FOUR values which you believe are at the core of our identity:
At St. John's, we share leadership
At St. John's, all are welcome and valued
At St. John's, we are committed to work with others across denomination and faith lines
At St. John's, we serve and help our neighbors, community, and those who are in need
At St. John's, we are radically loving
At St. John's, we are involved in projects in other parts of the world
At St. John's, we are open to new ideas and new people
At St. John's, we support our youth projects
At St. John's, we gather around the table of communion
At St. John's, we provide rest for the weary
At St. John's, you can come as you are
At St. John's, we love, care for, nourish, and support one another
At St. John's, we value the gifts and participation of long-time members, brand new members, and non-members
At St. John's, we have respect for differences
At St. John's, we love God and love neighbors with no exceptions
At St. John's, we find peace
At St. John's, we offer community in a broken world
At St. John's, we gather around Jesus
At St. John's, we are boldly generous with time, talents, space, and resources
At St. John's, we are willing to take risks
At St. John's, we are Christ empowered
At St. John's, we acknowledge that we don't have all the answers
At St. John's, we offer support in difficult times
At St. John's, we hear the Good News of God’s Love in worship and scripture
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