Our Values

Our organization and its members are governed by a set of shared values, which are informed by our three global priorities.
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e also uphold the Lausanne Covenant as a Statement of Faith.

Our Three Global Priorities

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8 (NIV)

1. Act justly

In the Hebrew language, "justice" is a verb rather than a noun. We are commanded to "do justice," as an action. We are a people who do justice and righteousness in a restorative, biblical sense. (Proverbs 31:8-9; Jeremiah 22:3; Psalm 146:7-9)

  • We do justice – We seek out vulnerable people who are being taken advantage of and help them by advocating for these people, doing what we can to change social structures to prevent injustice.

  • We do righteousness – We maintain right relationships between God and other people, treating others as those made in the image of God, and with the God-given dignity they deserve.

A video by "The Bible Project" explaining this concept is available here: https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/justice or embedded below. Subtitles are available in 21 languages including the Czech language.

2. Love Mercy

The word used for "Mercy" (chêsêd) carries a lot of meaning. It is sometimes translated as loving-kindness, loyalty, faithfulness, devotion, and steadfast (or unchanging) love. It carries the connotation of being shown to one who has acted in an unjust manner in general, or to you personally. Mercy is the manner in which we pursue biblical justice and righteousness. (Luke 6:27-38; Matthew 18:21-25; Matthew 5:7)


  • Mercy to those who have been hurt by others - We show mercy to the oppressed by gently lifting them up and restoring them.

  • Mercy to those who hurt us - We are quick to forgive those who hurt us or are unkind to us, even our enemies.

  • Mercy to those who have hurt themselves - We show mercy, in the spirit of restoration, to those who have hurt, or continue to hurt, themselves. We are loyal friends and steadfast allies who walk alongside others.


3. Walk Humbly with our God

Our lives must continue to be, first and foremost, a walk with Jesus towards the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our journey must be a journey of faith and obedience, rather than selfish ambition. Even as Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, the closer we get to Jesus, the more we must serve others, rather than be served. (Philippians 2:3-4; John 13:1-17, 31-34; Matthew 20:25-28; John 15:1-17)


  • We walk with God - We hear and follow God's spoken and written word. We follow where he leads us.

  • We walk humbly - We maintain a simple faith of humble servitude and obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit. We love and obey Jesus, and because we love and obey Jesus, we love and serve others.

  • We walk as Jesus walked - Though imperfectly, we emulate Jesus Christ in how we live, interact with others, and interact with the Father. We are, first and foremost, His disciples.

Our Seven Core Values

1. We are Family (Galatians 6:9-10; Matthew 12:46-50)

  • Family is forever. As members of this family, we don’t give up on each other, we are authentic and risky in relationships, and love each other in a self-sacrificial way. (Romans 12:3-13)

  • Families may be messy, and family members may hurt each other, but we are always quick to forgive. (Romans 12:14-21)

2. We take Risks on people (Matthew 13:1-9)

  • Hurting people hurt people. Nonetheless, we maintain authenticity and vulnerability, cultivating sincere, deep, and even risky friendships. (John 13)

  • We take chances on people others won’t, and let them use their talents, abilities, and skills for the glory of God, even if it doesn’t look churchy, or “Christian.” (Matthew 9:9-13; Luke 18:35-19:10)

3. We accept and seek out the neglected, outcasts, and trouble-makers. (Luke 15)

  • We accept people no one else will, and not only do we accept them, we intentionally seek out and invite the last, the least, and the lost to join us at our table. (Mark 2:17)

  • We won’t turn down those who are rejected, despised, or rough around the edges, but rather will love them and bring them into our family. (John 9)

4. We are Seekers (Hebrews 11:6)

  • We seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (rather than the righteousness of the world, our own judgement, or even the church). (Matthew 6:33)

  • We seek God with all of our hearts, destroying idols of thought, practice, and pleasure. We know that when we do this, we will also find Him. (Jeremiah 29:13)

  • We ask questions, even big questions with confidence, because God promises that if we ask, it will be given to us, and if we seek, we will find. (Matthew 7:7)

5. We are unhewn stones (Exodus 20:24-25)

  • We are unique and different, as different members of one body (Romans 12).

  • We are sometimes rough around the edges, not complete, and not perfect, but God chooses to use us to build his altar anyway. ( Ephesians 2:14-22 )

  • We aren’t copies, or trying to live according to a specific model. Instead, we follow Jesus, in unity, but not uniformity. We all have our own talents, personalities, gifts, and callings before God. (Ephesians 4:4-16)

6. We are servants and living sacrifices (Philippians 2:1-8; Romans 12:1-2)

  • We maintain integrity rather than ambition. His story for us supersedes our own. (Romans 12)

  • We move at the pace of our slowest members, and accept and nurture those who are weak among us. (Romans 14)

  • We equip and give opportunities for others, rather than taking them for ourselves. (John 13:5-20)


7. We are led by the voice of the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18; Romans 8:14-25)

  • We hear and obey God’s voice, through the Holy Spirit and through Scripture. (John 10:27)

  • We are known by Jesus, and maintain a living and authentic relationship with him. (Psalm 139:23-24; John 10:27)