Our Core Values

Our Core Values

We all readily agree that one day God will judge us all. What also must be recognized is that ‘men’, those around us, judge us everyday. They judge us by what we do, and how we live, far more than by what we say. Mt. Zion realizes from scripture that “…man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” God sees what we truly are on the inside, but other men can only go by what they see from us outwardly. That is a fact and reality that the Church must realize.

For this reason we must cultivate a lifestyle of ministry so that by our fruits men may know that we truly represent Heaven. Like a fine restaurant or high class hotel, Mt. Zion has adopted the concept of being a Five Star Church. That is the highest rating you can get. We are not there yet, but that is our goal as a local church striving for excellence in our service to God. The Five Stars represent the five points of our Core Values. To this end we have embraced the following concepts as Our Core Values. 1. Radical Hospitality, 2. Passionate Worship, 3. Intentional Faith Development, 4. Risk Taking Mission and Service, and 5. Extravagant Generosity. We are committed to practicing these points in both our personal lives, and as a congregation.

The Congregational Practice of Radical Hospitality

Congregations that practice Radical Hospitality demonstrate an active desire to invite, welcome, receive, and care for those who are strangers so that they find a spiritual home and discover for themselves the unending richness of life in Christ. Radical describes that which is drastically different from ordinary practices, outside the normal, that which exceeds expectations and goes the second mile.

The Personal Practice of Radical Hospitality

Radical Hospitality in our personal walk with Christ begins with an extraordinary receptivity to the grace of God. In distinctive and personal ways, we invite God into our hearts and make space for God in our lives. We say Yes to God and open ourselves to the spiritual life.  We accept God’s love and acceptance of us.  We receive God’s love and offer it to others.

The Congregational Practice of Passionate Worship

Worship describes those times we gather deliberately seeking to encounter God in Christ. God uses worship to transform lives, heal wounded souls, renew hope, shape decisions, provoke change, inspire compassion, and bind people to one another. The word passionate expresses an intense desire, an ardent spirit, strong feelings, and the sense of heightened importance.  Congregations who practice Passionate Worship offer their utmost and highest; they expect worship to be the most important time of the week.

The Personal Practice of Passionate Worship

Through the personal practice of Passionate Worship, we learn to love God in return. Followers of Christ develop patterns of listening to God, allowing God to shape our hearts and minds through prayer, personal devotion, and community worship. We love God.

The Congregational Practice of Intentional Faith Development

Intentional Faith Development refers to all the ministries that help us grow in faith outside of weekly worship, such as bible studies, Sunday School classes, support groups, and prayer teams. Congregations who practice Intentional Faith Development offer opportunities for people to learn in community for people at all stages of faith.  They offer ministries that help people grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of God.  Intentional refers to deliberate effort, purposeful action, and high priority.

The Personal Practice of Intentional Faith Development

Through the personal practice of Intentional Faith Development, we do the soul work that connects us to others, immerses us in God’s Word, and positions us to grow in grace and mature in Christ. We place ourselves in the most advantageous circumstances to learn and grow in our following of Christ.  We cooperate with the Holy Spirit in our own spiritual maturation. We learn in community.

The Congregational Practice of Risk-Taking Mission and Service

Mission and Service refers to the projects, efforts, and work people do to make a positive difference in the lives of others for the purposes of Christ, whether or not they will ever become part of the community of faith.  Risk-taking pushes us out of our comfort zone, stretching us beyond service to people we already know, exposing us to people, situations, and needs that we would never ordinarily encounter apart from our deliberate intention to serve Christ.   Congregations who practice Risk-taking Mission and Service offer endless opportunities for people to make a difference in lives of others through service projects, volunteer opportunities, and mission initiatives.

The Personal Practice of Risk-Taking Mission and Service

The personal practice of Risk-Taking Mission and Service involves offering ourselves in purposeful service to others in need, making a positive difference even at significant personal cost and inconvenience to our own lives. We offer ourselves, our gifts and abilities and passions, to God so God can use us to transform the world by relieving suffering. We serve.

The Congregational Practice of Extravagant Generosity

Generosity describes the Christian’s unselfish willingness to give in order to make a positive difference for the purposes of Christ.  Congregations that practice Extravagant Generosity provide ministries that address our spiritual need to give in ways that exceed all expectations and extend to unexpected measures. Fruitful congregations thrive because of extraordinary sharing, willing sacrifice, and joyous giving out of love for God and neighbor.

The Personal Practice of Extravagant Generosity

Through the practice of Extravagant Generosity, we offer our material resources in a manner that supports the causes that transform life and relieve suffering and that enlarges the soul and sustains the spirit. God uses our giving to reconfigure our interior lives and form us anew. We give back.