Our Values will influence everything that we do together as a congregation. Our values will help us move into being about people and not simply about running programs. Our values push us to be about adaptive change and not simply technical change. Our values help us create a culture of innovation and change for the sake of our mission and vision. All of our congregational members and staff commit to our values and our way of life. At Calvary Lutheran Church, we commit to find ways for our congregation members to actively live out their God-given passions through our congregational values. We also commit to travel through our daily lives with the following values:


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Servant: “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” Matthew 20:26 / “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

We want to be servants of one another. “Service is what we do for others because of what God has done for us.” (Jacobson) To be a servant is to find a way to live out the joy of our faith through our actions. Service is not about bringing God to other people, but about joining where God is already present and at work in our community and in our world.

Leadership: “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7

In our congregation, we are all ministers and we are all leaders. That means it takes all of us to care for one another and it takes all of us to be God’s people that we are called to be amidst the changes in the church and in the world. To be a leader is knowing that the attitude you bring will affect what you get out of your church experience. As leaders, we are in control of ourselves and not of other people. We commit to participate in our congregation by using our gifts and our passions to further our vision and mission.

Joyful generosity

Joyful: “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.” Psalm 47:1 / “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Joy is much deeper than happiness. Joy can be present even when there are struggles because our joy comes from our Savior.

Generosity: “All things are yours...and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.” 1 Corinthians 3:21-23

God gives because God loves us. Our generosity is an opportunity to show what we believe by giving not only our time, talent and money, but also the giving of kindness and inclusion of all people. We strive to be generous not only in our giving to the budget, but also in giving from our hearts. Generosity in giving is both a duty and a delight (Powell).

Intentional relationships

Intentional: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose.” Romans 8:26-28

To be intentional is to make an effort with all people. We commit to being present for one another and to get to know one another. We will do the work to connect and care for each other. To be intentional is to have purpose and a plan, knowing that the Holy Spirit is with us to guide us into the work of God’s love.

Relationships: “But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. Ephesians 4:15-16

To be human is to be about relationships. Faith is also relational.

It’s about our relationships with God, with one another and with the world. We follow the example of Jesus who was more relational than theological (Pavlovitz).

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