series: (co)re values
date: November 26, 2017
teacher: Jacob Bender
scriptures: Matthew 28:16-20, Matthew 9:12, Matthew 9:15-17
Courage Church is a sending Church.
We believe that it is the job of the church to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12) and so we value every moment we have with people, and we celebrate the moments when the Great Commission takes someone somewhere that we wouldn't be able to reach, if they didn't go.
On the day that this sermon was first given, Courage Church sent out one of the foundational couples in our church who were now moving to North Carolina.
2017 was a year of enormous transition for our church, as we sent some of our best on to the things that were best for their families and the communities that they were going to. It is always hard to see people go, but it is always amazing to see the ways that God uses them when they get where they are going, and the way he always provides for us when we are faithful to be a sending church.
The audio file below was taken from the Courage Church leadership Q&A with Pastors Brad and Stella Reed, Sunday night July 30, 2017.
The question was asked: "How do you handle when your best people transition out of your ministry?" And their response was incredibly helpful for anyone going through a season of transition, and was incredibly instrumental in this message.
Check out that entire Q&A session:
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.
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.
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.
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.
collaboration is all of us working together to create something better than any of us could create on our own.
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.
Community is a body, committed to all its parts.
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.
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.
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…
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?