The Board of the Fellowship of Presbyterians is meeting in Chicago this week and will release (probably today or tomorrow) two important documents. One is a statement of theological essentials and the other will outline the polity requirements for the new reformed body. I’m really looking forward to spending some time considering these two statements since they represent both the DNA of the Fellowship and also have been put together by two talented working groups.
In advance of the release the board released a re-statement of the mission and values of the Fellowship of Presbyterians yesterday:
MIssion – to build flourishing churches that make disciples
- Jesus-shaped Identity: We believe Jesus Christ should be at the center of our individual lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry.
- Thoughtful Theology: We believe in theological education, constant learning, and the life of the mind, and celebrate this as one of the treasures of our Reformed heritage.
- Accountable Community: We believe guidance is a corporate, spiritual experience. We want to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.
- Egalitarian Ministry: We believe in unleashing the ministry gifts of women, men, and every ethnic group.
- Missional Centrality: We believe in living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world.
- Center-focused Spirituality: We believe in calling people to the core of what it means to be followers of Jesus – what “mere Christianity” is and does – and not obsess over the boundaries.
- Leadership Velocity: We believe identifying and developing gospel-centered leaders is critical for the church, and a great leadership culture is risk-taking, innovative, and organic.
- Kingdom Vitality: We believe every congregation should vigorously reproduce new missional communities to expand the Kingdom of God.