LK10 Core Values
We are a community of practice that expresses our values by the way we live. That is, our values are lived out in our practices.
- Jesus is the King of His Kingdom and the Head of His Church and of all of its families. The Church and each individual church belong to Him. Since He is the Leader of every church, we look to Him for our directions. Mt. 16:18
- Jesus is building His Church/churches. His mission is to see vibrant families of Jesus within reach of everyone. No powers on earth or elsewhere can stop Him from His mission. His intent is, through the church, to make known the manifold (multifaceted) wisdom of God to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus. (Eph. 3:10-11) He invites us to join Him in this mission.
- Jesus, by his Spirit, guides us through his people in scripture and in the living family of Jesus. This Spirit through scripture and the family of Jesus is our reliable Witness of Jesus’ past, present and future life, always working to bring our beliefs and actions close to His heart and mission. 2 Tim 3:16-17, John 10:27
- Jesus’ primary strategy for making disciples of the ethne (people groups/regions) is through church planting. Mt. 28:19-20. When a well functioning church is present in a community, Jesus is present in that community. Eph. 5:30, 1 Cor 12:17. The clearest picture of His process for church planting is found in Luke 10.
- A healthy church could be called a “vibrant family of Jesus”. It reflects the community/family seen in the Trinity. This family is characterized by mutuality – mutual honor, mutual respect, etc. It is a culture of honor and unity. Jn. 17:20-23. A church functions as an ecosystem of grace. Eph. 4:7-13, 1 Cor 12:27-31.
- Our prime directive as individuals and as communities is to listen to Jesus, obey what we hear and teach others to do the same. Jesus models this in his relationship with his Father. “I do nothing on my own initiative. I only do what I see the Father doing.” Jn 5:19, 8:28-29, 12:49-50, 14:10-14. Our conviction is that God is always working preveniently (before we show up). Our job is not to “make something happen” but to find out what He is doing and how to join Him.
- Apostles (sent ones, church planters) are the first key to a church planting movement. An apostle is a man or woman called and gifted by God to plant multiple churches. Apostles were a foundational focus of Jesus’ ministry. Mt. 10:1-5, Lk 10:1.
- People of peace (or houses of peace) are the second key to a church planting movement. A person of peace is someone God is preparing by His shalom to birth and parent a new vibrant family of Jesus. A person of peace provides a place for a vibrant family of Jesus to meet in an atmosphere of peace. He/she often functions as a spiritual parent to that family of Jesus. Lk 10:5-7, Mt. 10:11-14.
- We believe that the 10:2b Prayer is the first way we join God in planting churches. This is our part in seeing apostles and people of peace launched (exballo) by the Lord of the harvest. We pray this prayer as close to daily as possible and watch expectantly for these people. Lk 10:2.
- Churches function as small spiritual families. Churches should function as small spiritual families. And, families (households) function as churches. Hebraic value: the home and not the synagogue is the center of spirituality. Motto of Chinese house church movement: “Every home a church.” 1 Tim 3:15, Acts 2:46, Rom 16:5.
- Church leaders function as spiritual mothers and fathers (in the best sense of the word). Leaders = Parents. Parents as educative leaders. They come along side to help each person in the family discover what God has put in them. They seek to empower others. They think developmentally. Jn. 14:6-14, 1 Thes. 2:7, 11.
- The smallest expression of church is a “church of two” (CO2). Churches of Two are friends at the most intimate level who share their hearts with each other as close to daily as possible. These CO2s are important in both starting new churches and in strengthening existing churches. They are a basic building block of all larger expression of churches. Ecc 4:9-12, Lk 10:1
- We call our process of decision-making “Divine Governance” (or decisions by consent). This process encourages experimentation. It is the process by which we make certain that God’s voice in every person is heard and has a role in the decision making process.
- We teach and practice two foundational “rhythms of attention”. What we pay attention to shapes who we are. We pay attention to our hearts and to God’s heart. These rhythms are foundational to loving God and loving our neighbors. They are a key for knowing how to join God in what He is doing. Emotions are a window into our hearts and often reveal the desires God has put in us.
- Community (intimacy) is the result of mutual self-disclosure. Sharing of every kind is foundational. Self-disclosure demands the risk of vulnerability. We willingly take this risk daily with our churches, families and others in order to experience the life giving joy of true intimacy. Rom 12:15
- Leaders are best developed in a “community of practice”. This is a context where everyone is both a learner and a teacher. Our focus is on developing a community of leaders, who learn from Jesus and each other, how to go about their calling in ways that can immediately be put into practice. Col. 3:16
- Both mentoring (imparting, pouring into people) and coaching (educing, drawing out of people) are important for growing spiritually. Coaching (which as often been overlooked) involves becoming skilled at asking important questions and listening deeply to people. It is based on the belief that God is the initiator of change in our lives. Our job is always to find out what He is doing and how to join Him in that. Jesus was a master at asking important questions.