The values we share…

  • above all, we value an ongoing, growing, personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • we value the Bible as the Word of God, our guide and authority of faith and practice
  • we value giving God all the glory – with no self-promotion or self-seeking
  • we value powerful works of God’s grace in our communities
  • we value remaining in step with the Holy Spirit at all times and in all decision making, respecting at all times the uniqueness and validity of what God is doing in every part of the Body of Christ
  • we value Christ-like leadership characterised by humility, brokenness, a servant’s spirit and evidenced by transparency, openness and vulnerability
  • we value the unity (not the uniformity) and health of the whole Body of Christ
  • we value the ministry of local church leaders and congregations
  • we value all members of the Body of Christ
  • we value the importance of repentance and reconciliation being evident among church leaders and the entire Body of Christ
  • we value relationships which transcend organisational structure
  • we value the encouragement to corporate, town-wide worship and prayer as well as local, congregational and private prayer and worship
  • we value personal and corporate renewal/revival, evangelism/mission, and the transformation of our community

Desirable outcomes…

  • deepening trust between leaders
  • increase in health and growth of local congregations
  • increasing love and co-operation between congregations
  • ability to respond with one voice to local issues and crises where appropriate
  • shared ownership of a vision to impact Southend with the gospel of the Kingdom

….and all this built upon 3 building blocks:

  • fulfilling Jesus’ commandments to love God supremely – and others as ourselves
  • fulfilling Jesus’ commission to all be His witnesses and to make disciples by teaching, baptising and establishing men, women and children in His truth
  • seeing Jesus’ compassion extended freely to those who suffer want or lack