Values and Culture
“I know it may sound like heresy, but it is more important to change what people care about than to change what they believe.” (Erwin McManus)
Core values are the deeply ingrained principles that guide an organization’s actions; they serve as its cultural cornerstones. As our community begins, we believe it is important for us to define the ethos that would serve as a guide for what we will care about. Following are the four values that will shape the culture of CrossPoint:
1. LOVING - Love is the foundation of everything we do.
The fuel that motivates our actions is not obligation, duty, tradition, responsibility, or habit. Rather, our motivation to fulfill our mission comes from our love of God and love of each other. Jesus said that love would be the defining mark of his followers .
We believe that belonging usually precedes believing. As a result, we want to provide safe places where all are loved and included so that God can begin to shape people in to who He wants them to be.
There is a welcome statement that started in a Roman Catholic parish that we thought reflected the spirit of this value:
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, or no habla inglés. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.
We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or if you’re like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, more Methodist than Wesley, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s baptism.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, Bronco dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion”. We’ve been there too.
If you blew all your offering money on Powerball tickets, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or just came because grandma’s in town and wanted to go to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid, or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts… and you!
We believe that spiritual values are transferred best through relational environments, that discipleship happens best in honest and loving one-on-one relationships where we speak the truth in love.
2. SIMPLE- We value simplicity.
Warren Buffet once said, "There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.” We believe there is genius in simplicity and that it takes a lot of effort to keep things simple.
We believe that the core message of Jesus is easy to understand but difficult to do. Therefore, when it comes to the message of Jesus, we strive to make it real and relevant rather than abstract and esoteric. Alan Hirsch reminds us, “At its very heart, Christianity is therefore a messianic movement, one that seeks to consistently embody the life, spirituality, and mission of its Founder. We have made it so many other things, but this is its utter simplicity.”
We believe we can do more by doing less. By focusing on what matters most and doing a few things well, we can accomplish more than trying to be all things to all people.
In order to be a multiplying movement, we believe that it is imperative to remain simple in our systems and structure. Simplicity in structure allows for adaptability and reproduction because small and simple reproduces easier than large and complex.
3. ORGANIC - We value organic and decentralized over hierarchical and controlling
We are a movement, not an institution. As such, we are more interested in shaping the future than preserving the past. Movements are decentralized and grass roots.
The movement of God is not found in structures, systems, or institutional bureaucracy. Rather, when the people of God are freed to be who they are created to be and to follow their missional impulse, God’s movement is released.
We believe that institutions tend to spawn passivity and create codependency. When a movement becomes an institution, those whose hearts call them to something larger and more profound grows restless.
4. RELEVANT- Genuine transformation only happens in the context of honesty and relevance.
We long for CrossPoint to be a place where a person doesn’t have to pretend to be something that they are not; where it is OK to not be OK. We believe that reality is always our friend and that denial short circuits our relational and spiritual lives. Secrecy, silence and judgement are the ingredients that grow shame in our souls.
On the other hand, when we muster the courage to be vulnerable, we allow God's spirit to move and to allow healing from our community.