Our Core Values

intro

Our church defines itself through four core values. These guiding principles help us contribute to the United Methodist Church’s connectional mission to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

praise“O sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.”

Psalm 96:1

We believe that everything we do as a church starts and ends with worship and Scripture. Our most important work is to worship together and disciple each other through worship services, regular Bible study, and prayer.

love

“Love the Lord your God…love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:37-39

We value healthy relationships as vital expressions of our faith. In order to love our neighbors, we must know how to have and build healthy relationships within our families, our church, and the larger Oak Park community.

seek

“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you in exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

Jeremiah 29:7

The Scriptures tell us that our spiritual health and growth are directly tied with the welfare of our cities. We believe it is our biblical call to care for the communities where we live and worship.

order

“Thus says the Lord: Set your house in order.

2 Kings 20:1

We understand that administrative work is part of our Christian life together. We aim to make sure that our house is in order. We aim to be good stewards of people’s leadership skills and passions, while doing so in a transparent manner.