12 Steps of Congregational Holiness
We accept that we, as children of God, are powerless over other people; that we cannot truly control what they do or why they do it; that free will assigns accountability to each person.
We understand that we must provide an abiding example of Christian faith and love to others, so that they may discern the “next right thing” to do (rather than believing the self-deception that tells us we are in control).
We strive each day to grow in knowledge of ourselves and one another so that we might understand the human and spiritual gifts each of us is blessed with, for the glory of the Lord.
We rededicate ourselves every day to growing in our understanding of the vast expanse (yet individual focus) of God’s Grace and how we are to use our spiritual gifts.
We accept for ourselves and teach others that our Christian life is as much about the integrity and sincerity in prayer as it is about what we pray for.
We admit that we are all broken and that each person has much work to do to understand and practice accountability in Christ—that we are willing to acknowledge our sinful choices and our ownership of the consequences of our deeds.
We utilize a spiritual gifts inventory and cross-reference of our congregation’s members and friends, to ensure that we can offer unique opportunities for spiritual growth and disciple making.
We share our explicit expectations with each volunteer (and paid staff) and regularly take steps to be sure that they understand them clearly.
We are committed to accountability and self-honesty as a model for Christian problem solving so that we may prayerfully address the root causes of our organizational challenges.
We understand that stewardship is much more than tithing and we are teaching our families and staff what the full spectrum of responsibilities and accountability of Christian stewardship is.
We recognize that we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. To do this we acknowledge that we have a higher calling than our own material success and we will strive every day to reflect to others the love and infinite grace we have received from our Creator.
Having experienced God’s forgiveness and grace, we seek continually to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and to make new disciples for the transformation of the world.