Our primary desire is to create disciples who are rooted in Jesus and released to His mission. The following values demonstrate how we uniquely do this at Elmbrook.
We believe we must always begin and end with God’s voice, not our own. Thus we seek God’s Word to show us his heart and desires for our lives and ministries. God’s written Word points us to the Living Word, Jesus. We also commit ourselves to listening to God’s voice through prayer, knowing true power and guidance comes from God.
(1 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 119:11, Hebrews 4:12; Ezra 8:5,6; James 5:13-16)
We Dive In With People.
We believe our focus in ministry should be the same as Jesus’: people. We will value people over programs, diving into the mess of their lives in order to find the masterpiece that God has designed them to be.
(Ephesians 2:10; Luke 19:10)
We Go Beyond The Walls.
We will endeavor to reach the whole world which compels us to engage both our local community and the far reaches of the world in a spirit of humility and collaboration with the global body of Christ.
(Matthew 28:18; Acts 1:8)
We Open Our Hands.
We recognize all of our time, treasures and talents are gifts from God and we will humbly share these resources—including our successes and failures—with other churches, ministries and people.
(2 Corinthians 9:11)
We Forge New Paths.
We are compelled by the love of Christ. We will, by faith, take risks and push the limits of entrepreneurial creativity to advance the Kingdom of God. We will be curious learners, always looking for new ways to reach people.
(Hebrews 11; Romans 15:20; Proverbs 1:5; Matthew 11:29)
We Develop Others.
We believe our greatest success will be reproducing leaders, ministries, initiatives and churches. We will never lead alone, but will continually build into apprentice leaders to help them grow as Christ-followers and extend the reach of our ministries and church.
(2 Timothy 2:2; Matthew 16:18)