Years ago when we planted Freshwater we came up with seven core values. These core values have helped guide us and keep us focused over the years. We launched the church with no paid staff other than myself and a handful of volunteers. Since launching, we have revised the wording of our core values several times but they have essentially remained the same. Our core values have helped shape who we are as a church. They help us make sure we have our priorities in order and ensure we focus on them. Fast forward to today. Now Freshwater has fifteen paid staff and dozens of volunteer staff. We still use our core values to guide the church and keep our priorities in order. If a ministry, program, or new initiative does not align with our core values we cut it.
One of our paid staff team members approached me and said that he loves our church core values and asked if we have any staff core values to help our paid staff team know what is expected of them. We didn’t, so we set out to create a set of core values that reflect the type of staff environment that we want to cultivate. We began by creating a first draft (using other church examples and our own original thoughts) of the values that are important to us. Then we shared the draft version with our existing staff team. After reviewing it at a staff meeting, we gave them the opportunity to speak into it. We took their suggestions and wrote a new version and shared it with them again. After a couple more revisions we settled on the following core values. Our final version reflects the culture we want to develop and keep. Now our staff core values go on every job description and we hold one another accountable to them. These core values have helped us to thrive as a team.
FRESHWATER CHURCH STAFF CORE VALUES