Every organization must have a clear understanding of the values that govern the decisions and conduct of the organization. The following set of values will shape the direction of Small Church Connections.
1. We believe in the value of the small church.
The small church has value in and of itself. While most of the attention is paid to large churches, the small church is making a powerful impact on Canadian church life.
2. We believe in the centrality of Jesus Christ in the life of the church.
In the Bible the church is described as a body, a building and a bride. Jesus is the head of that body, the corner stone of the building and the bridegroom waiting for his bride. Every church needs to measure its value by its relationship to Jesus and that relationship is vital to the small church.
3. We believe in the uniqueness of each and every church.
Every church needs to discover its own unique place in the Canadian Church Mosaic. Every church has its own culture, community and challenges and as such each church must discover the unique way in which God wants it to function within its context.
4. We believe in the importance of leadership.
A church will never move beyond the level of its leadership. A strong, united, growing leadership is the greatest asset that any church can have.
5. We believe in the Great Commission’s call to produce disciples.
The commission that Jesus gave to his disciples in Matthew 28:19, 20 is still binding on the church today. At the heart of that commission is the call to make disciples. The challenge to bring people from the point of first interest in the gospel to the point at which they are fully functioning followers of Jesus Christ is still the heart of what the church is called to do.
6. We believe that financial considerations should not determine our availability to churches.
Small churches constantly operate under financial restraints. This greatly limits the resources that are available to them. With this in mind we are committed to raising additional funds from sources other than the churches which we serve so that we can be available to everyone regardless of their ability to pay for our services.