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Connecting Values

April 26, 2010

Pastor Steven Furtick sent me (Craig Groeschel) an interesting book called The Orange Code, How ING Direct Succeeded by Being a Rebel with a Cause.

The book shows clearly how to connect emotion and passion to your values. After visiting Elevation Church, I saw Pastor Steven’s version of the Code (or the values) for Elevation Church. He inspired me to rework our (lifechurch.tv) values and connect them more directly with our cause.

I’ll share with you a few of them a day throughout this week.

  1. We are faith-filled, big thinking, bet-the-farm risk takers. We’ll never insult God with small thinking and safe living.
  2. We are all about the “capital C” Church! The local church is the hope of the world and we know we can accomplish infinitely more together than apart.
  3. We are spiritual contributors not spiritual consumers. The church does not exist for us. We are the church and we exist for the world.
  4. We give up things we love for things we love even more. It’s an honor to sacrifice for Christ and His church.
  5. We wholeheartedly reject the label mega-church. We are a micro-church with a mega-vision.
  6. We will do anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Christ. To reach people no one is reaching, we’ll have to do things no one is doing.
  7. We will lead the way with irrational generosity. We truly believe it is more blessed to give than to receive.
  8. We will laugh hard, loud and often. Nothing is more fun than serving God with people you love!
  9. We will be known for what we are for, not what we’re against. There are already enough jerks in the world.
  10. We always bring our best. Excellence honors God and inspires people.
  11. The only constant in our ministry is change. God is always doing a new thing. Why we do what we do never changes. How we do it must change.
  12. We don’t recruit volunteers; we release leaders. Volunteers do good things but leaders change the world.
  13. We’re living in the “good old days.” We’re thankful for God’s blessings today and expect even more tomorrow.
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