What Is Our “Ministry Values Statement”?
The term “covenant” may sound a little formal or serious to you, but it is really just a way to say, “I agree. I’m on board.” Our “Ministry Values Statement” is an informal covenant. It’s not a law and we don’t require you to sign something to prove your loyalty; it is simply our effort to ensure that a group that takes the name “Mom Heart” will, at its heart, be known for certain biblical and sensible qualities. If you believe God is directing you to become a Mom Heart group leader, then we ask only that you carefully and prayerfully read the statement and decide if what we are trying to build is something you can wholeheartedly support. If it is, then we are here to encourage, equip, and enable you to join us in this movement. If you are on board this train, then God can use you to change the world one mom heart at-a-time
MINISTRY VALUES STATEMENT
Mom Heart Ministry is a Christian movement and informal network of small groups for mothers that seeks to restore moms’ hearts to God’s heart for motherhood. We believe God’s eternal purpose for mothers was evident at creation in His design for marriage and the family. Our vision is to encourage, equip, and enable mothers to start, lead, and tend Mom Heart groups around the world. We affirm and embrace the values in this document:
We value GOD’S WORD, not opinions. — A Mom Heart leader keeps group discussion grounded in what the Bible says, in historical and biblical context, to us today. She does not allow herself or others to promote or defend favored experts or personal opinions that can constrain others from participation.
We value CHRIST, not theologies. — A Mom Heart leader keeps group discussion focused ultimately on the person and work of Christ. She does not allow herself or others to promote or defend systematic theologies, personal dogmas, church traditions, or controversial views that can divide and exclude.
We value LOVE, not expectations. — A Mom Heart leader keeps group discussion focused on expressing love and acceptance of one another. She does not allow herself or others to add extra-biblical expectations or conditions to the love and forgiveness of Christ offered unconditionally in His gospel.
We value GRACE, not laws. — A Mom Heart leader keeps group attitudes focused on our grace and freedom in Christ. She does not allow herself or others to express Christian laws and rules that create a burden of guilt by requiring works or specific beliefs of any kind not specifically required in Scripture.
We value SPIRIT, not control. — A Mom Heart leader keeps group life and activities focused on listening and responding to the Holy Spirit’s direction. She does not allow herself or others to impose formal requirements more concerned about control and order than about the Holy Spirit’s leading in the group.
We value PEOPLE, not tasks. — A Mom Heart leader keeps group life and activities focused on the needs of people made in God’s image and loved by Him. She does not allow herself or others to let the accomplishing of tasks and projects distract from or displace a sensitivity to the people being served.
We value MINISTRY, not exclusion. — A Mom Heart leader keeps group life and activities focused on loving and serving others inside and outside the group. She does not allow herself or others to become comfortable, complacent, and cliquish, but looks for ways to reach out, serve, and include others.
An excerpt from Taking Motherhood to Hearts.
Printable version here.