My Dad worked for a food chain that prided itself on customer service and the highest quality of meats and groceries. He was a meat manager and one time a customer brought back what she claimed was spoiled meat from his store. He exchanged the meat, even though the tag showed it was from a competitor. His company valued customer care and it was on display every day through the decisions they made as a company as well as through each of their employee’s interactions with customers. I have seen many food chains closed down over the years, but the company he worked for is still strong and expanding. Partly, this is due to the company’s values.
Values are those things considered to be important or beneficial. Every company, person, and church has them. They may not be spelled out in a document, but if you watch they will reveal themselves. At Crosswinds we have five values that are spelled out that we desire to saturate everything we do. Whether it is a Crosswinds’ gathering or ministry venture we are committed to assuring that these values are expressed for God’s glory and the benefit of others.
Crosswinds values the Bible and prayer. We understand that apart from Christ we can do nothing of eternal value. Jesus explained:
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
We understand that two of the best ways to be connected to Christ is through exploring and applying His Word, the Bible, as well as dialoguing with Him in prayer. We want to move into His preferred future for us. Therefore, we desire for all we do to be biblically and prayerfully rooted.
Crosswinds values making disciples. The mission of the church is to know God and make Him known. We are to be growing disciples as well as make disciples. A disciple is a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ committed to knowing Him and making Him known. Jesus gave His church this commission:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Therefore, we desire to connect all we do to being disciple makers.
Crosswinds values generosity. We believe that God is a generous God and that we are not any more like Him than when we generously give of our time, talents, treasures, and testimonies for His glory and the benefit of others. Jesus presents this insight:
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).
Therefore, we desire that all that we do be exemplified by generous living.
Crosswinds values connecting timeless truths with our current culture. Understanding that God’s truth is timeless truth, but that we live in an ever-changing culture. We are committed to doing anything, but sin, to call and lead people into an active relationship with Jesus Christ. Prayerfully we ask for the wisdom of the men of Issachar.
“Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32).
Therefore, we desire to be culturally relevant.
Crosswinds values expressing God’s love in all things. God is a God who is not only defined by love, but actually, Himself defines love. God loved us so much that He provided His Son that through His birth, death, and resurrection we can be saved and walk in union with Him (John 3:16). Even when we were far from Christ, He demonstrated His love for us by giving His life for us (Romans 5:8). John expresses our need to love others with God’s love so powerfully in his epistle:
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7).
Therefore, we desire to express extravagant love in everything we do.
Crosswinds’ five values are held so tightly by us because we believe they are important in our desire to glorify God and bring the love and message of Christ to others, to know Him and make Him known. God cares about how we do, what we do, so we do as well.
I am so thankful to serve alongside each of you. Let’s ask the Lord to help us embrace and display these values in all we do.