CORE VALUES

Values of Being

1. Faith-filled Spirituality 

An insatiable desire for intimacy with God that is fostered by a consistent and daily practice of spiritual disciplines (e.g., study, prayer, meditation, etc.) and obedience to his plan and purposes for one's personal life with the result of being fully restored into the image of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:29; 2 Col 3:18; Acts 4:13).

 

2. Intentional Growth

Full dedication to self-motivated, life-long learning for the maintenance of a teachable and humble attitude, development of spiritual gifts and talents, enhancement of preaching-teaching ministry, and expansion of horizons through continuing education, broad-based reading and research, vast experiences, and meaningful relationships throughout eternity.

3. Authentic Integrity

An honorable life before God and others that is morally and ethically unyielding, transparently truthful, and unfailingly loyal by never pretending to be someone other than oneself, always living in alignment with personal core values, taking responsibility for actions, and inspiring trust in others.

4. Loving Relationships

A commitment to cultivating intimate and meaningful relationships with others that provide tangible experiences of unity, peace, rest, contentment, and God’s triune love (John 15:9, 12; 17:24; 1 John 4:8, 16) with priority being given to marriage and family bonds for the purpose of making unforgettable memories that will encourage contentment and breed joy.

5. Reckless Grace

A radical acceptance of the abundant grace that God has given through Jesus Christ recklessly extended to others by compassionately assuming good intent, optimistically reframing that which could be viewed as hurtful, selflessly empathizing with and ministering to the suffering of others, and freely offering forgiveness to all (Eph 4:32; Col 3:13).

Values of Doing

6. Discerning Truth

The fervent pursuit of truth (i.e., theology) and wisdom (i.e., philosophy) through Spirit-enlightened, prayerful, and rigorous study of the inspired canonical Scriptures as the norma normans non normata (i.e., "the norm that norms which cannot be normed") and the only regula credendi (i.e., "rule of faith") (Acts 17:11; 2 Tim 2:15); remaining committed to the Protestant hermeneutical principles of sola, tota, prima, and analogia Scriptura (i.e., Scriptura sui ipsius interpres or “Scripture is its own interpreter”) (2 Tim 3:16–17) and spiritalia spiritaliter examinatur (i.e., "spiritual things are spiritually discerned") (1 Cor 2:11, 14); appreciating the rich theological heritage of the Spirit of Prophecy (i.e., the writings of Ellen G. White) and Christian history; and always subjecting my own presuppositions and biases (those natured and/or nurtured) to scrutiny (via ἐποχή [epochē] or “bracketing”) for the purpose of growth in the knowledge of God, enrichment of one's preaching-teaching ministry, and contribution to Seventh-day Adventist® theology and mission.

7. Servant Leadership

The leading of family, church, and community to be disciples of Jesus Christ through humble, self-emptying service and incarnate ministry (Luke 9:23–24; Rom 6; Gal 2:20; Phil 2:1–11). This involves journeying alongside others, honoring and respecting their self-identity and attainments, ascribing dignity and worth to them, caring for their needs, sharing authority and leadership with them (i.e., delegation) instead of hoarding it for oneself (Mark 10:42–45; Luke 22:25–27), communicating with them skillfully, collaborating with them on the achievement of a shared vision, developing and empowering their spiritual gifts and talents, and assisting them in discovering God’s plan and purposes for their lives.

8. Passionate Teaching

Treasuring of my God-given call and spiritual gifting to be a pastor-teacher (Eph 4:11), and spending life passionately teaching others about the triune God and his works, preaching the everlasting gospel (Rom 10:9–17; 1 Cor 15:1–8; Rev 14:6–12), and leading them deeper into his word (Jer 20:9) in order to grow committed disciples of Christ and inspire Spirit-filled world-changers (Matt 28:19–20; Acts 17:6).

9. Disciplined Excellence

The striving to surpass ordinary standards in all endeavors of life by meticulously pursuing excellence with all one's strength—exceeding expectations, doing more than what is asked, and giving more than what is required (Eccl 9:10).