Every year we prayerfully consider, update, and approve a Ministry Covenant for our church. This helps us to stay focused on the mission to which God has called us, and is used to evaluate and encourage current ministries, as well as to inspire our vision for the future. A key component of the Ministry Covenant is a statement of our core values. Below are the Core Values for 2019.
We are Christians.
Our faith in Jesus Christ is the core of our life together. We believe that Jesus, the Son of God, paid the price for our sin and makes a way for us to be reconciled with God. This belief unites us as we gratefully accept his forgiveness and together strive to follow his leadership. We proclaim the good news that whoever believes in Jesus will not die but will have eternal life.
We are worshipers.
In worship we are brought together in community. We offer our praise and thanksgiving, our hopes and fears, and our aspirations and concerns to our loving God. We worship the Holy Trinity through the affirmation of God’s Word, prayer, songs of praise, fellowship, and the sacraments. We worship joyfully. We study, pray, sing, and share with passion, intellect, and energy. We are an Easter people, and we are glad!
We are family.
Our connection is based on our shared relationship with Jesus Christ, through whom we are adopted into God’s family. Like all families, we love to get together and we enthusiastically create and participate in opportunities for fellowship. We share each others’ joys, sorrows, and life events. We feel safe in sharing our concerns and opinions knowing that though we may not always agree, we will always treat each other with respect and Christian love. We are a joyful, loving, laughing congregation that experiences the grace of God in Jesus Christ in personal and positive ways.
We are disciples.
We understand that being a disciple of Jesus Christ is a life-long experience of growth and transformation. Therefore, we provide opportunities to help people of all ages and levels of spiritual maturity to continue their spiritual development. We are a congregation where people can search, think, question, and honestly express their growing experience of faith in an accepting and affirming atmosphere. We act out our discipleship in our everyday lives as we go out into the world to share the good news of salvation with others.
We are servants.
We commit to a lifestyle of service, striving to follow Jesus’ example of ministry. We believe the Holy Spirit gives each person unique gifts to be used in service, and we embrace an attitude that seeks to give rather than to receive, and to serve rather than to be served. We remember that the second of Christ’s greatest commandments is to love one another. We remember the Great Commission and are committed as individuals and as a congregation to minister God’s love not only to people in our church but also in our neighborhood, our local community, our nation, and around the world.
We are stewards.
We accept our responsibility to be faithful stewards of all that God has given us. We understand that it is God’s will for us to support the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. As a congregation, we are mindful of our responsibility to spend wisely the funds and resources God has entrusted to us to further God's work on earth. We are grateful for the facilities with which we have been blessed. We maintain them properly, but without unnecessary expense, so that they will remain a gathering place for worship and ministry in our community for years to come.
We are the next generation.
We thank God for the faithful ministry of those who came before us, and we enthusiastically pursue our calling to perpetuate the ministry of Conley’s Church in our generation. Founded in 1800 and incorporated in 1838, our congregation has a rich heritage that we respect and celebrate. We are determined to build upon that heritage and to glorify God in the present day just as our forbears have done for over two centuries. While we may not use the same methods as previous generations, we have the same love for one another and the same mission: to make disciples of Jesus Christ.