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Here at First Baptist Kingsville, we are committed to becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ and are inviting others to do the same.

So, what does that look like?

At First Baptist Church Kingsville (FBK) our Core Values are:

  • Disciples – following Jesus Christ as revealed through Scripture, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
  • Missional People – making Christ known through words and deeds, and inviting others to become His fully devoted followers.
  • People of Prayer – depending on our Sovereign God in all circumstances.
  • Relational People – loving authentically with integrity, valuing and encouraging everyone because they too are created in the image of God.
  • Repentant People – humbly acknowledging our sinfulness and freely receiving the gift of forgiveness and grace, and extending the same to others.
  • Servants – men and women living generously out of our giftedness as a response to God’s grace in our lives, serving God wherever and whenever He call us to join Him.
  • Worshippers – authentically responding to God personally and as a church family of all ages.

These are the statements we would say define who we are and what we do as First Baptist Church Kingsville.

These core value statements are kind of our north star for us at FBK.

Luke 12:31-34

31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Core Values

It is extremely important to the life and vitality of this church body for us to understand what and how God is calling us to be as His Church and in our response then, who we are as a church and where we are going in the future.

We have a Mission to fulfill that which was given to us by God. We talked about that last week and we also have Core Values that shape who we are and everything we do as a church.  For us, these values are non-negotiable. So in a very practical way, If you ever wonder why we make certain decisions or do things a certain way here at FBK, look to the Mission, and Values, because these things drive everything we do.

God gives us these things because He has a very definitive idea of what He wants us to be as a church.

To understand OUR CORE VALUES we will examine three things:

    • The Importance of Core Values;
    • What defines Core Values; and
    • Our Core Values.

I. THE IMPORTANCE OF CORE VALUES

Luke 12:34: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Core Values determine who and what we will be as a church. No two churches are alike. Some churches focus on biblical preaching and teaching, others on evangelism, and still others on counselling or the family.  Different churches reach different people. What shapes us into who we are at FBK is our core values.

Now, you might be thinking, why should this matter to me?

Well, the simple answer to that is that Core Values dictate people’s personal involvement in the church. I believe we should be constantly communicating our core values to anyone who are considering becoming a part of this church. Encourage those with similar values to join us – it’s a kind of values alignment or a ministry match.

Core Values communicate what’s important and make it clear what we believe is God’s heart for our church.

Core Values affect the church’s overall behaviour. Values shape the entire church organization, determine the direction of our ministries, and dictate every decision we make and every dollar we spend.

Core Values inspire people to action. The shared beliefs of leaders and members are the motivators that energize people to take action. Values infuse ministry with meaning. Strong core values touch people at a deeper level that provides a sense of cause and brings significance to their lives.

And ultimately, Core Values contribute to ministry success. Understanding and embracing our core beliefs make it possible for our people to be successful in ministry. No church or ministry organization can succeed without clearly defined, Biblically inspired, core values.

2. HOW CORE VALUES ARE DEFINED

So, we’ve established that Core Values are tremendously important for the church and that’s because these Core values are the core convictions of our church.

What’s a conviction? – A conviction is a firmly held belief that produces an action within us. Convictions are things we are willing to sacrifice for.

The other point to make here is that our Core Values are Biblical.

The true test of a values statement is: Does it line up with Scripture? These statements don’t have to be found word for word in the Bible, but our values should clearly reflect the principles and precepts of the Bible. Values should never contradict the Bible.

Core Values drive the ministry. Values drive the decisions made, money spent, risks taken, problems solved, goals set, and priorities determined.

3. OUR CORE VALUES

Now that we’ve established the importance of Core Values to a church, and what defines a core value, let’s look at our Core Values we believe passionately about here at FBK:

Disciples – following Jesus Christ as revealed through Scripture, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Much of this we discussed last week and you will note that the core values we’ve identified here are related to the marks of a disciple we pointed out last week.

Missional People – making Christ known through words and deeds, and inviting others to become His fully devoted followers.

In our context of FBK – this takes on two specific forms:

We have a very active heart for missions in this Church. And as such we have a very active Missions Team – many of you participate either directly, through prayer and/or through your offerings. These initiatives can take on, by design both a local/regional scope or an international scope.

Locally we partner with and support (for more detail have a look at our Missions page):

Internationally, we partner with and Canadian Baptist Ministry’s. Our Current Project with the Bolivian Baptist Union is facilitated by CBM.

People of Prayer – depending on our Sovereign God in all circumstances.

As you already know, we think prayer is an absolutely essential part of our life as FBK. And we know that many of you do know that because you ask for prayer or offer prayer for other regularly – that’s a very good thing.

When you need prayer there are many ways for you to access that:

On our web page – you can send a prayer request. Simply go to: https://www.firstbaptistkingsville.com/prayer-requests/ and follow the prompts to send a prayer request into the office and the Pastors.

You can contact our prayer team directly through the church office email and our own Pam Wilson, who is now facilitating our prayer ministry response will get that to our prayer chain participants. By the way, if you’re not already a part of our prayer chain you can fill out a connection card in front of you or contact the church office and we will get you added to that.

Relational People

Loving authentically with integrity, valuing and encouraging everyone because they too are created in the image of God.

Pastor Marlee said invitation is a catalyst to relationship (read the sermon here). We know that many of you long for and value community, this is very much at the heart of our church family.

Repentant People

Humbly acknowledging our sinfulness and freely receiving the gift of forgiveness and grace, and extending the same to others.

Servants

Men and women living generously out of our giftedness as a response to God’s grace in our lives, serving God wherever and whenever He call us to join Him.

Worshippers

Authentically responding to God personally and as a church family of all ages.

Congregational Care Framework

 We cannot accomplish the tasks God has given us without a dedicated team of leaders and volunteers who embrace these values and join in the work. Each and every one of you has a vital role to play in carrying out the work of God here in this church. There’s a place for everyone to serve. You are important and needed!

In fact, we have a framework for you to work within as you decide to embrace these values…. We call it our Congregational Care Framework:

Congregational Care Framework.

Emergency

FBK being present at times of crisis – physical, emotional.

  • Sudden illness/accidents
  • Stressful circumstances (sudden)
  • Process for daily (7 to   30days) check in with family

ENCOURAGE

FBK’s regular framework for connection to life events within the congregation

  • Congregational Prayer support
  • Births, deaths/bereavement
  • Shut-in visitation/phone
  • Non-crisis hospital visitation
  • Card ministry
  • Communication/visitation training and checklist

PHYSICAL SUPPORT

FBK’s framework to offer congregational support where physical support/intervention is required.

  • Transportation
  • Basic home assistance – moving, minor repair, etc.
  • Meals – 7 to 14 days from time, point of crisis/need
  • Clothing – Closet Ministry
  • Other – as needed

COUNSELLING

FBK’s longer term framework where a need for coaching through life events exists

  • Spiritual formation
  • Faith counselling
  • Anxiety, Stress
  • Grief counselling
  • Pre-Marriage/Marriage/ relationship counselling

We believe passionately in what we’re doing here at FBK and also believe there is a great need for you & new people alike that embody our mission and core values to become part of our family.

The question we want to ask of you: Will you embrace the core values God has given us and join us in the work for this church?

Our encouragement to you is to review and pray and pray about these Core Values and to see if you feel that God is calling you to serve?  

Our Lord has called us into partnership and we have chosen to respond as His disciples. Remember and reflect on this verse and especially the 2nd part of this verse from Matthew:

Matthew 28:19-20

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus himself says, that as you prayerfully consider where you are called to serve He will be with you. Be both comforted and encouraged by His words.