Leadership Values with Scripture References
(Adopted by PCC Church Council on 6-12-2017)
As the body of Christ, the following are Values (based on Scripture) set forth for those serving in leadership, church staff and others in influential positions. We should strive to live by these Values in our church, within our families, at work and in the broader community. Even though, from time to time we may fall short, we (as those entrusted to lead) are responsible and accountable to:
Walk with God:
- Love God and Jesus above all else. Love your neighbor. (Matt. 22:37-40; I Peter 2:22) Remember that God created each one of us in His image. (Gen. 1:27)
- Live your life abundantly in deep abiding with Jesus (John 15; Luke 10: 38-42). Keep growing in spiritual maturity (Eph. 4:12-16; James 1:2-5). Foster a deep awareness of and dependence upon the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in your life.
- In all circumstances, turn first and foremost to prayer. Include acknowledging who God is, confession and thanksgiving as a regular part of your daily prayer life. (2 Chron. 7:14; Nehemiah 1:4 & 2:4; Acts 1:14; Eph. 6:18; Philippians 4:6; 1 Thess. 5:16; I John 1:9).
- Conduct yourself worthy of the gospel of Jesus. Have the same attitude as Jesus. Do nothing out of selfish ambition, in humility consider others better than yourselves. (Philippians 1:27 & 2)
- Be open, vulnerable, kind, gentle, humble, patient and self-controlled (Col. 3:12; Gal. 5:22).
Living in Community:
- Take personal responsibility to be in community (Hebrews 10:25). Show hospitality and be in fellowship with one another (Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9). Encourage one another; build one another up.
- Foster unity as the body of Christ, so people will know that God sent Jesus to provide hope to a world in need of a Savior. (John 17:23; Eph. 4:3-6).
- Live in peace with one another (Matt. 5:9; Mark 9:50; Romans 12:18; Eph. 2:17; Col 3:15).
- Be respectful to one another (1 Peter 2:17).
- Be timely and responsive to the needs of people, even if you do not know what to say or do; God will give you the words (Romans 8:26-27; Col. 4:6). Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2). Carry each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2).
- Reconciliation is vital: if offended, go directly to the other person to resolve a grievance (Matt. 18). Forgive one another (Matt. 6:14-15 & 18:21, 35; Mark 11:25; Colossians 3:13).
Leading and Shepherding:
A. Leaders and others in influential positions are held to an extra measure of responsibility and accountability: (Ezekiel 34). a. Be above reproach (1 Tim. 3:2).
- Serve, lead and shepherd God’s people in humility and do not be overbearing (1 Peter 5:2-3).
- Lead with integrity of heart (Titus 2:7-8; 1 Samuel 13:14, 16:7; Matt 22:16).
- Be approachable (Matt.: 19:14). Take time to listen thoughtfully to people.
- Be responsive, follow through, do what you say you are going to do
- Be honest/truthful.
- Do not side-step hard issues or difficult people.
- Build up the body of Christ; encourage the development of each other’s unique and diverse gifts (I Cor.: 12 & Ephesians 4).
- After seeking direction from God and wise counsel from others: do not be afraid to establish priorities and focused direction.
B. In addition to building up the body of Christ, remain focused on local and international missions, outreach and evangelism.
C. Follow the teaching of Jesus and strive to live with high standards; but as Jesus modeled in His ministry, let love and grace take precedent over rules in our relationship with other people.
D. Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (James 1:19; 1 Tim 2:8; Eph. 4:26)
- Do not demean, slander or gossip (Matt. 18:10, 1 Tim. 4:12, Romans 14:10, 2 Tim 2:16, Matt. 15:11, 2 Cor. 12:20, Titus 3:2; Eph. 4:31 & 5:4).
- Watch what we say and how we say it (James 3; Proverbs 12:18 & 15:1, 18, 28; Ecc. 7:8-9).
E. Take care of yourself. Take time for yourself. Do not be afraid to set personal boundaries. (Exodus 18: 17-26; Acts 6:1-7; Matt. 14:23; Mark 1:35; Mark 6:31; Luke 5:16; Luke 10:38-42).