At Courage Church, we call them "co" values. Each value (except for the the last one) begin with the letters C-O, because we believe that life is meant to be lived, and worked out, in community. In fact, 4 of the ten values that we list (community, contribution, collaboration, conversation) could all fall under that one word: community. We do nothing by ourselves.
if you have no gauge on what is important, then you have no way to measure whether or not you are on the right track. That is what Core Values do… they keep us disciplined… they keep us on mission… they give us something the bounce whatever it is we are doing, off of, and see… IS THIS FURTHERING THE MISSION?
All of our values support our why. The reason that Courage Church exists is to "Cultivate the Romance" - we seek to cultivate environments where people can find and draw closer to God. We can simplify our vision down to one word: Reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5) - for we have all been given "the ministry of reconciliation" - Reconciling people back to God.
please note: for each value, there is a detailed informative page that includes a sermon given on the value, as well as book recommendation and further content for studying. Just click the icon to go to that page.
Courage goes to the places that nobody else wants to go, and works to create places that everybody wants to be. Courage loves the one who nobody else wants to love…
communion is a common union of broken people, who are made whole by the body and blood of Jesus Christ. We are united by our differences, and there is a seat for everyone at the table.
Compassion sees the world through the eyes of others, and it is stirred to action by what it sees. It can not sit by while injustice is done around it.
Community is a body, committed to all its parts.
Contribution understands that everybody has a role, and there is room for us here. We know that the gifts we are given matter to the body of Christ, and we so seek to discover where we each fit.
We honor the contributions of others, knowing that God perfectly crafted each one of us, and only together are we truly the church.
collaboration is all of us working together to create something better than any of us could create on our own.
conversation means that we bind and we loose together, we learn together, we serve together, and we grow together.
We welcome each other’s perspectives, and we depend on each other’s accountability.
connection is living a life of constant community with God.
He is our supplier, who is as close to us as the air that we breathe.
Commission means that we are a sending church. We honor the past, while we work for the future. And we always believe that everyone’s brightest days are ahead of them.
Character means that We live publicly like we do in private. We write the Word of God on our hearts, practice generosity, and prioritize integrity.
The first nine values all begin with the letters "co" because they are all things that we have determined that we will be intentional to do, together.
Only the 10th value does not begin with "co" and for good reason.
Even though we believe that even character is something that should be worked out in community, there is always that one layer of who you are that you need to make the decision, all on your own, to let other people in to.