I’m a firm believer in developing Core Values for your church or organization. A Strategic Planning mentor once told me that your Core Values act as the guardrails on the path to where you are going. In other words, to get from here to where you ultimately want to go, there, you need some guiding principles and values that ensure you stay true to who you are and what you believe.
As a general rule of thumb, think of your Core Values as the basic rules by which you will accomplish your mission as a church. These well defined rules should never be broken, as that would ultimately compromise a basic belief you have about how ministry should always take place.
I’ve already written a lot about this, so for your benefit I’ve included links to each relevant article here. I hope you find them helpful.
- Core Values
A brief discussion to help you figure out whether or not you have core values, know what they are and what they mean.
- Why Core Values?
An explanation of why core values are so important.
- Clarifying Core Values
A summary of what core values are not.
- How To Draft Your Core Values
Ideas on how your strategic team might go about drafting your ministry Core Values.
- Elevation Church Core Values
A list of Elevation Church Core Values and a suggestion to consider modeling the style of how you write and communicate your own core values after Elevation.