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Who We Are

Our Values

Our mission is the “big picture” of what we’re chasing as a community. Our vision tries

to communicate the particular shape our community’s expression of that mission will

take. Our values are the ground-level habits and practices that we believe have to be in

place in order for us to fulfill our vision and stay faithful to our mission.

At Grindstone, the process of discovering our values was community driven. That

means that instead of having the leadership identify our values, we invited our

community—and particularly our Partners—to speak into the process and help us

identify what’s important to us and what habits need to take root in our lives as we

pursue God’s best for Grindstone. After much dialogue and prayer, our staff and Elders

then articulated the dominant values of our community. The result was the following:

  • Honest engagement with the biblical text
  • We value teaching, understanding and applying the biblical narrative in order to

    find our place in God’s unfolding story.

  • Following the real Jesus
  • In a culture of misrepresentation, we value a biblically informed understanding of

    who Jesus is and what discipleship to him entails.

  • Intentional about community
  • We value the sense of belonging that comes from choosing to do life together,

    sharing in the beautiful mess of genuine relationships.

  • Passionately devoted to God
  • We value a comprehensive, holistic Christian lifestyle that encourages every

    square inch of our lives to embody the reality of God’s transforming power.

  • Imaginative thinking & an adventurous spirit
  • We value looking at doing things in creative ways and fostering courageous

    exploration of what it means to make disciples in our context.

  • Fostering grass roots initiatives
  • We value a culture where individuals are empowered to get involved in

    meaningful ways that contribute to the fulfillment of our mission.

  • Equal sacrifice
  • We value each person sharing in the responsibilities of community and mission.

  • Impacting the world around us
  • We value participating in God’s rescue mission to restore all that is broken by

    becoming a conduit for justice, mercy and love.

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