Helping people discover and live out â€¨Godâ€™s dream for their life
To create engaging environments where people are challenged to discover their destiny and grow in their relationship with God and others.
Values That Define Us:
(how we interact with our culture)
COMPASSION â€“Â Faith without action is useless (James 2:20). Weâ€™re supposed to be conduits of Godâ€™s love in action here on this earth, and weâ€™re called to place the needs of others before our own. WE should be the strongest advocates for the hurting, poor, forgotten, and broken in our communities and around the world, serving the last, the least, and the lost. (James 1:27, Mark 10:45, John 12:34-35, Luke 4:18-19, Matthew 22:39)
AUTHENTICITY â€“Â We have imperfect messy lives, but we are pursuing and experiencing a transforming relationship with Jesus and with each other. Authenticity simply means not being fake, admitting our shortcomings, and living with integrity. We simply canâ€™t be what God has called us to be when weâ€™re hiding behind a mask. We need to be able to share our weaknesses and faults, whether weâ€™re on stage, in smaller communities, serving in teams, or having dinner with friends. (Proverbs 28:13)
GENEROSITY â€“Â We will lead the way with irrational generosity. We truly believe it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). Because our treasure follows our heart (Matthew 6:21), we invest God’s resources into His kingdom to help the poor and hurting locally and around the world.
CREATIVITY â€“Â We think itâ€™s important to speak the language of our highly creative culture while at the same time not compromising biblical truth (II Corinthians 5:14-21, I Corinthians 9:19-23). We encourage and celebrate all forms of artistic expression – music, video, multimedia, drama, poetry â€“ and use them as tools to communicate Godâ€™s transformational love in culturally significant ways.
EXCELLENCE â€“Â Excellence honors God and inspires people.Â We represent Godâ€™s best when we bring excellence to all we do. We like to do things well without expecting unrealistic perfection. In fact, the Bible tells us to do things like weâ€™re doing them for God (Colossians 3:23). We want to bring our â€śA-gameâ€ť to everything that we do – whether itâ€™s our communication and music, how we hold babies in the nursery or how we take care of the building – we want it to reflect excellence for Christ.
(what we value in our team)
FLEXIBILITY â€“ Flexibility means being ready to change and adapt to new requirements. As a leadership team we practice flexibility by adapting to change rather than reacting to it. Weâ€™re not thrown off when things donâ€™t go according to plan. We view obstacles and challenges as opportunities to think outside the box and discover new innovations. (Luke 13:10-17)
TEAMWORK â€“ God has given us a huge vision that no one person can complete on their own. To work as a team towards the vision God has given us we have to lay aside our egos and personal aspirations. By working together and challenging each other we become much stronger and more effective as a team than we are alone. (Romans 15:1-2, Proverbs 27:17, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, Romans 12:4-5)
MULTIPLICATION â€“ By training, equipping, and empowering others to lead, we follow Christâ€™s example of multiplication and create a long-lasting, sustainable organization that isnâ€™t dependent on any one person to succeed. (Acts 6:1-8)
SIMPLICITY â€“Â Complex organizations break down, simple ones reproduce. We need to reduce everything we do into simple, reproducible steps. Weâ€™re intent on weeding out complexity and unnecessary hoops to jump through. Jesus kept his message simple and we intend to do the same. (Matthew 18:2-3, 2 Corinthians 1:12, 1 Thessalonians 2:3-7)
5 Key Priorities
(what does Imagine Church do?) We want to keep our focus clear and simple. To that end we have specified 5 clear activities that make up Imagine Church: