Thursday, October 15, 2009

Rethink your conference

The conference I am part of, Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference (EMMC), is in the process of discussing our core values. If you are part of the conference I invite you to jump over to rethink your conference and join the conversation. But I would love to hear what any of you think - so feel free to post your thoughts here.
There are three core values purposed:

Radical Discipleship - Jesus Christ is the center of our faith
  1. We accept Jesus as both Savior and Lord and live in relationship with him
  2. Accepting Jesus as Savior means we trust him for forgiveness and eternal life
  3. Accepting Jesus as Lord means following him in daily life
  4. We interpret the Bible from a Christ-centered point of view
Authentic Community - Christ-centered Community is the center of our life.
  1. We move beyond individualism to enter the fellowship of Christ’s church.
  2. The experience and practice of forgiveness is the means toward community.
  3. We structure our churches to facilitate community.
  4. We read and interpret Scriptures in the context of community.
  5. Christian community models hope for the world.

Active Reconciliation - Reconciliation is the center of our work and witness.
  1. We call all persons everywhere to be reconciled to God.
  2. We invite all persons to experience the reconciliation of personal healing.
  3. We encourage all people to seek reconciliation in personal relationships.
  4. We work and pray for peace in all areas of conflict and injustice in the world.
  5. We commit ourselves to live in harmony with God’s creation.

Are these good core values? Should we drop some of them? Are we missing something?

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