Serving God's Mission

Dear St. James Member,

Thank you for your ongoing help with our participation in the "Serving God's Mission" program.  As we continue the work of creating a vision statement and a project planning model for the future, your continued input is invaluable to this task.  

In Christ,

Christopher Rowan - Vice President St. James

Completed Stages:

1) Congregational Survey - Fall 2018

2) Serving God's Mission Training Seminar - March 2019

Current Stage:

Congregational Core Values Survey - Current (ends May 1st)


As part of our developing a Vision Statement, for our St. James congregation, we need to start at our foundation.  In this stage of our congregational planning we are looking to identify those Core Values we hold in common with one another.  Core Values are the defining attributes of a congregation that reflect its values, express its identity, and inform its actions.  Some characteristics of Core Values are that they evolve slowly, but don't change frequently, are not situational, guide how we relate with others, "Who we are" (our "DNA").  Core Values tend to be: Sincere (genuine), Concise, Meaningful, Memorable, and Formational (guiding).  

As an example here are some Core Values of Jesus:

  • Sacrificial Love (1 John 4:10)
  • Faithfulness (1 Cor. 1:9)
  • Orderliness (1 Cor. 14:33)
  • Justice (Deut. 32:4)
  • Service (Mark 10:45)
  • Grace (John 1:17)

Examples of Core Values of Congregations:

  • Accountability
    • We are accountable to our Lord Jesus Christ and to one another.  We have a high level of expectation of one another to live according to God's Word.
  • Encouragement
    • We emphasize the importance of encouraging one another.    We seek opportunities to share God's Word of encouragement with people who are struggling.
  • Tradition
    • We value what has been passed down to us from the faithful believers of previous generations and work to preserve that which has been entrusted to us for our generation and the generations to follow.
  • Witness & Outreach
    • We are committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus through the witness of our individual members and the outreach of our congregation.

Active vs. Aspirational Core Values:

  • Active Core Values are values you are putting into practice
    • You can cite ministries or activities that consistently demonstrate the Core Value in action.
  • Aspirational Core Values are the values that you hold or desire but are not practicing
    • You cannot cite ministries or activities that consistently demonstrate the Core Value in action
  • Identifying Aspirational Core Values is an important part of strategic planning

We aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man. 2 Corinthians 8:21

You are now going to be asked through a survey to reflect of several values that are common to many congregations.  It is important to remember that there are no right or wrong answers here. 

  1. You will be presented with a Core Value, a brief definition similar to the ones above. 
  2. You will then be asked whether this is a Core Value that is active at St. James. 
  3. If you feel this is Core Value is active you will need to provide an example of how it is active. 
    1. This can be either a current ministry or current activities St. James does to fulfill this Core Value. 
  4. You may find that this is a Core Value that is important to you but that you cannot think of an active ministry or activity that fulfills it. 
    1. If this is the case you will select "Yes Aspirational". 
  5. Finally, for each core value that you feel does not apply or is not part of our "DNA" at St. James select "No this is not a core value" (Remember this is ok).

Once again thank you for helping to strengthen our congregation through your insight and input.  To participate review the instructions one more time below, enter your email and click next.