If a person wanted to figure out your values, or your family’s values, it wouldn’t be too difficult to get a general idea. They’d watch how you spend your time, and they would look at how you spend your money. Also they’d look at the company you keep, and what you talked about with that company. Pretty quickly they could determine what you value.
Aubrey Malphus in his book, “Advanced Strategic Planning” says this about Values: “Values ask, ‘why do we do what we do?’ The answer reveals the organization’s core values. They are what drive the organization. The values are the hidden motivation that dictate every decision and determine priorities.” These serve as the engine for our work and as a result are critical to identify and own. These will be the important reference points of what to say yes to, and more importantly, what to say no to.
In 2009-2010, leaders at Hunt Valley Church revisited our Core Values and asked some honest questions. “What we were spending our time, money and activities on?” “Were we really living out the values we wanted in a way that had intentionality and integrity?” Then we re-jiggered the list and Frank preached a series called, “Seven Hills to Die On,” saying, in effect, “these are the ways we will intentionally ‘do church.'”
They have a structure. The first 3 values, if done rightly, speak to the “Transformation” part of our Mission. The next four speak to how we seek to live out “Reaching” and “Impacting.”
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