Core values can be thought of as the characteristics that shape a church’s culture. These are the values that will be talked about often among staff members and church members.
We value biblical truth as the only foundation for the identity and mission of the body of Christ. So scripture will be held in high regard and will be the basis of all that Austintown Baptist Church teaches.
We value developing leaders and will invest time and resources into relationships and opportunities to see people grow in influence.
We value creative thinking and will give people permission to create, to try, to fail, and to attempt impossible things, using the imagination to dream big dreams for God.
We value messy ministry and are willing to become involved in the lives of people with real needs and problems, in a spirit of love, on behalf of Jesus who modeled this principle throughout His ministry on earth.
We value strengthening families and will seek to equip husbands, wives, Moms, Dads, and kids of all ages to relate to each other in love and harmony in a culture that often poses resistance to family strength.
We value dynamic worship in which people feel the freedom to connect and communicate with their Creator in praise, and in which seekers can observe in an understandable way the presence of God within His people.
We value every-member ministry and will seek to empower the entire membership of the church for ministry to each others according to their God-given SHAPE as well as their mission in the world. Volunteers are the real heroes!
We value cultural relevancy in terms of using new technologies to build bridges between the church and the world around us, and also in terms of learning and speaking the heart language of our community.
We value ethnic diversity and will see every individual as an equally valuable member of the human family, as evidenced in the price of God’s Son for every person and His gathering of people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself.
We value global thinking in terms of tackling enormous, global issues in Christ’s name as well as church multiplication and will seek to foster a church planting movement that grows far beyond the Austintown Baptist Church family.