St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, in all that it does, is committed to impacting its community and the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. In order that St. Peter’s may be as effective as possible in fulfilling its mission, the members have set forth these core values which are the model of how we are to conduct ourselves in our daily ministry.
We are Centered on Christ and Grounded in God’s Word and in Prayer
Christ is the beginning and the end of all things and so He must be of our ministry. Every St. Peter’s program, worship opportunity and ministry shall be centered on Christ. Every aspect of ministry programming and church administration must have at its foundation God’s guidance through regular prayer and reading of His word.
We are Intentionally Outward-focused
The center of Christ’s ministry was to reach the lost for His kingdom. Christ said “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” (Mark 2:17). Those who are lost or otherwise in need are a primary focus of our ministry. Accordingly, our hearts are to be focused on serving others in our community and around the world with utmost compassion. Christ himself “did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant…and became obedient to death” (Ph 2:6-8). Christ was exalted by His father for his servant leadership and so we are called to do the same.
We are Committed to Growing Disciples
Central to growing one’s faith and to reaching others to begin a faith journey are programs focused on discipleship. That is, to develop ministries which encourage all members to follow Christ, support St. Peter’s ministries with spiritual, physical and financial gifts and to endeavor each day to grow their faith through leading and participating in learning and ministry opportunities. These ministries are to be directed and led by the members, using church staff resources to support their efforts. Members shall serve in capacities consistent with their spiritual gifts, not with indifference to such gifts to merely fill a need of the church. We are invitational in our approach to seeking participation in ministry, not merely informing members of ministry opportunities.
Every human being is a creation of God and is deserving of the best we have to offer. God has in mind how each person with whom we come in contact is to be used for His purpose. No person is either beneath or above service to God and He calls us to be in ministry together. Accordingly, we subscribe to the following:
- We are Relationship Driven: Our walk is dependent on relationships in the same way Christ came here to be in relationship with the very worst of us. Through regular fellowship in small groups we discover how to encourage one another in our faith and how to better experience a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- We are Committed to Teamwork: Only through consistent teamwork toward a common vision will we actually realize that which Christ has in mind for our church. There is no room for selfishness or self-centeredness, but rather we are to focus with unity on the one Christ whom we serve. This requires respect for each person’s background and how his or her gifts may be used by God in our efforts.
Visitors are Celebrated
We must intentionally open our hearts to new people seeking a place to worship and discover and/or grow in their faith. This includes opening our hearts to everyone who passes through our doors and personally inviting them to be part of what St. Peter’s is doing in the world. We are often remembered for how we make a visitor feel even over the impact of the program itself.
We Exemplify Godly Behavior in All We Do
Every word and deed cannot be without consideration for how we impact each other and the plans which God has in mind for us. To act in a manner which is other than Christ-like is to detract from achieving that which He has planned. Two fundamental elements of this model of Godly behavior are:
- Do Everything with Excellence: God has in mind for us ministry opportunities beyond that which any of us could ever imagine. Every step taken in the development and execution of ministry is to be done with a positive attitude, through hard work and with an unwavering commitment to excellence. We are also committed to equip our leaders through proper training and development. Giving the absolute best of ourselves in everything we do is in reverence to our God.
- Do Everything with Integrity: Our every action must be above reproach and without selfish motive. Every choice we make, whether personal or relating to ministry, enhances or diminishes our integrity. Through commitment to make only Godly choices, we better lead the world to God.
We are All Called to Grow the Church
By God’s design, His Church is to continue to grow. It is one of the signs of a healthy church and that Christ’s Vision is being realized. Every member is to be intentional in inviting those without a church home to experience worship and ministry at St. Peter’s.
We are to Share the Redemptive Message
Christ’s message of Love, Grace and Forgiveness is at the center of our message to all who seek to discover and grow their faith. Our every action, word and deed should be in the spirit of Christ’s redemptive message