Core values inform and shapes our attitude and actions as we seek to fulfill the church’s Vision as convey by its Vision Statement. Applying our core values will impact all we do as a church.
Because we desire to see our lives, our families, our relationships with each other and the community, and our ministry reflect the person and character of Christ, we pray that the twelve aforementioned core values will grip and shape everything we do at LTWI.
1. God’s Word is our authority
The Word of God is the final authority and source of life-guidance, calling us to a faith-filled, obedient, and godly lifestyle.
2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12, James 1:22-25
2. Worship is a Priority
The worship of God is a priority of our ministry, pursued with biblically motivated zeal and offered radically and joyfully, but with in reverence and humility.
Psalm 34:1-3, Psalm 100, Hebrews 13:12
3. Demonstrating God’s Love
A Holy Spirit begotten climate of God’s love is that atmosphere which most readily begets hope, fosters genuine caring, and produces relationships free of condemnation.
Romans 8:1-2, Ephesians 5:2, I Thessalonians 4:9, I Peter 1:22
4. Building Strong Families
The biblical modeled family is God’s foundational social and government unit and is to be nourished and preserved. Fundamental to this value the sanctity of marriage, biblical sexuality, and human life.
Genesis 2:24, Mark 10:9, 1 Corinthians 7:2, Ephesians 5
5. Commitment to building ethnic harmony in the body of Christ
Under God our Creator, ethnic diversity is respected; and under Christ our Redeemer, all humanity is called to the values and virtues of the Kingdom of God.
I Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:27-29, Ephesians 2:14
6. Commitment to demonstrating a Spirit-filled Witness and Service
The ministry of the church is to be conveyed through the means of maturing believers; baptized in the Holy Spirit for empowered witness and equipped in the Word and His gifts for faithful service.
7. Commitment to be godly role models of accountability, dedication and sacrifice for each other.
We commit to be a body of believers who are open and accepting of one another
where no feels it is necessary to “wear a mask” or “put on a façade”. We want to
provide people with a welcoming and safe place where they can be themselves and experience the unconditional love of Christ. We commit to be godly role models who encourage believers to seek our relationships of trust where they can be held accountable in various areas of their lives, including their faith, service and stewardship.
Ephesians 4:15-16, Proverbs 27:17, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 2 Corinthians 8:7-8
8. Commitment to Spiritual Warfare
The reality of the invisible realm of spiritual conflict demands biblical confrontation through prayer and ministry with discernment and love; that the victory given to us by Jesus Christ is manifested in the natural realm.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Ephesians 6:10-18
9. Commitment to present ministry with integrity and in a relevant manner.
We commit to study of the Word of God that we may grow and become living epistles read of all men who can share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and empower people on all levels.
1 Corinthians 9:22, Ephesians 4:11-15, 2 Timothy 2:15, Titus 1:7-9
10. Commitment to a Spirit of Giving
To live is to give—in tithes, offerings, and spiritual gifts. We are responsible to steward what we have been given of time, gifts, and finances, believing they come from the hand of God to us to obediently distribute.
Genesis 12:2, Deuteronomy 15:12, Proverbs 3-9, Malachi 3:8-12, 2nd Corinthians 9:6-12
11. Commitment to the Spirit of Excellence
Pursuing excellence involves living and ministering in ways that correspond to God’s “praiseworthiness”. This means we are to offer God excellence in life and ministry when and whatever we with the conscious intent of honoring him.
1 Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:17, I Peter 2:12,
12. Commitment to Humility
Humility, like love, is a spiritual grace produced by God’s Holy Spirit. Humility seeks the honor of God and regards others as more important than self. It is essential because it will lead us to rely upon God alone for the power to live godly and be an effective ministry.
Proverbs 29:23, Matthew 23:12, James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:6