Core Values

1 I Believe that every person, Christian and non-Christian alike, is valuable to God and to His Kingdom.
Because people are eternally valuable to God, they are to us as well. Responsible evangelism will always be our cause and ongoing discipleship will always be the core of the ministry.
(Matthew 18:14; Matthew 25:45; 2 Peter 3:9)

2 I Believe that “doing church as a team” is God’s design for effective ministry.
A Spirit-empowered serving with the willing hearted involvement of every person is vital to God’s plan being accomplished.
(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Psalm 133:1; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1Peter 2:4-9)

3 I Believe that a simple presentation of Jesus Christ in creative ways will impact and transform lives.
Relating to our culture through redeeming the arts while remaining true to the Scriptures is a balance I will always seek to keep. This allows one to present the Gospel in such a way that reaches the heart.
(1Corinthians 9:22, 23; Acts 17:22-34)

4 In Keeping with the Great Commandment, I believe every believer should commit to a lifestyle of consistent spiritual growth with honest accountability.
A genuine love for God is always the first priority. Every Christian should yearn for continual spiritual growth. Therefore, discipleship through small groups, accountability, and open honesty is critical to maturing in our faith.
(Mark 12:29-31; Acts 2:44-47; 1 Peter 2:2; 1Timothy 4:7, 8; Proverbs 27:17)

5 I Believe that every member is a minister who has been given gifts to be discovered, developed, and deployed.
Each believer will find his greatest joy and fulfillment when serving in his spiritual gifts and passion. Every believer is created for ministry, gifted for ministry, authorized for ministry, and needed for ministry.
(Mark 10:45; Ephesians 2:10; Romans 12; 1Corinthians 12:14-20)

6 I Believe that God is worthy of our very best.
Therefore, a growing spirit of excellence should permeate every activity. Not perfection but excellence with consistent evaluation and a willingness to improve for the sake of the Kingdom of God are distinctive of faithful ministries.
(Psalm 78:72; Daniel 5:12; Colossians 3:17; Ecclesiastes 10:10)

7 I Believe that genuine love and caring relationships are key to the life of every endeavor.
Refusing to give audience to a spirit of complaining, I seek to instead be courageous in solving every problem in a way that honors God and builds biblical character. I value healthy relationships by protecting the unity of the Spirit in my church.
(James 1:2, 3; 1 Peter 3:8, 9; 1Corinthians 13:8; Romans 16:17; Ephesians 4:3)

8 I Believe that the most effective evangelism happens through people inviting people.
I believe that a life will reach a life. Each believer develops genuine relationships with friends and family and extends an invitation to them. Evangelism gets to be a normal, natural lifestyle of winning others to Christ, one by one.
(Proverbs 11:30; John 1:43-45; John 4:28-30)

9 I Believe the Bible is God’s authoritative means of putting into words his message for us. It is truth without mixture of error as it was originally written.
Every human teaching, including those of Step Out, must be tested against Scripture to see whether it is true and helpful. When the Bible speaks, God speaks.
(2 Timothy 3:16; Acts 17:10-12; 2 Peter 1:21)

These core values were adapted from those of New Hope Oahu.
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