To see revival among the poor and reformation in the areas of prevention, intervention, and restoration of individuals and families through the revolutionary love of God expressed in fellowship, discipleship, education, shelter care, adoption, and cultural transformation.
These five core values are considered vital to the life, growth, mission, and vision of our ministry. Each staff member must take it upon themselves to know them by heart and to live by them daily. Our core values are our response when people ask, “Who is Shores of Grace?” These values represent both who we are and why we do what we do. Each of our core values are based on principles found in the Scriptures.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
We are totally dependent on Him for everything, and we need and expect miracles of all kinds to sustain us and help us fulfill our mission and vision. When facing great human need and brokenness, we rapidly reach the limits of our natural resources, wisdom, and love.
In the face of hardship and lack we do not despair but eagerly expect God to do more than we could ask or imagine, to do what only He can do. We value hard work, honesty, and good stewardship; we will always be willing to do our part, but we know that all good things come from the Father and that he will provide far beyond the fruits of our labors.
Like Jesus, we seek to be one with the Father and so dependent on him that we can do nothing without him (John 5:19). We are walking adoption agents full of good news inviting all of the lost and broken to come to the banquet table of the Father (Romans 8:15). As we often pray, “show me how to love, teach me how to see,” we understand that he is the source of love and grace and we are merely joyful and humble vessels.
Our goal is to be the smallest jars of clay filled with the fullness of Him to show the world that this amazing power belongs to Him (2 Corinthians 4:7). We believe we experience miracles because we value them and ask for them. We will always seek the combination of love and power; we do not have to choose between them, but can look forward to doing even greater works than Jesus, while remaining in His love (John
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”
We recognize that the key to the nation is the one (Isaiah 60:22). We see and encounter Jesus among the least of these and the closer we are to them, the closer we are to His heart (Matthew 25). We go to the exploited, the abused, the abandoned. Not because it is our duty, but because it is our privilege and honor. The goal of reconciling humankind to the Father was the joy that was set before Christ as He endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2). Likewise, we see the lost and the broken as the joy of Christ and we share in that joy as His body. We serve the broken, poor and needy, not in pity or sorrow but with the joyful expectation of revival. They are history makers, reformers, leaders, and lovers in waiting. We believe that true revival should produce cultural reformation. Those who have been reconciled have also received the message and ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18).
True revival is when those who have been reconciled to God begin to reconcile others in the name of Jesus. Those who have been revived in Christ should be overflowing with hope and creativity. Having been filled with the Holy Spirit and being children of the Creator, Christians should be the most creative people on earth. The results of revival should flow into all aspects of society (families, communities, streets, marketplaces, schools, businesses, the arts, and judicial systems).
Revival and reformation are the results of the revolutionary love of God. Likewise, when revival leads to reformation, we see a revolution of love in culture. Jesus taught a revolutionary message of love, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength…love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31). True love, as modeled by Jesus, is sacrificial, selfless love – giving one’s life for others (John 15:13). As we pray for revival and reformation we seek to live this revolutionary love daily in the smallest of acts and in the greatest.
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory”
We believe that we were created for the journey and that the Father is with us every step of the way. God is eternally good. The circumstances of life do not determine his faithfulness and he will use all things for our good (Romans 8:28). In storms, we learn that he is our peace and in battles, we learn that he is our shield. We define radical faith as keeping our eyes on Jesus amidst the storms and battles of life. We do not seek out suffering but when it comes we rejoice knowing that Immanuel- God with us- never misses even one step of our journey. Like Paul, we rejoice in our weaknesses, for when we are weak we are strong.
In trials, we do not despair for discipline and testing are necessary in the Christian faith to produce holiness and maturity. We recognize that the world needs hope and we are the bearers of hope (Colossians 1:27). As Paul taught, suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope (Romans 5:3-5).
In Christ, there is joy even in times of suffering. The joy of the Lord is not optional, and it far outweighs our suffering! It is a defining pillar of the Kingdom of God which is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). In Jesus, joy becomes our motivation, reward, and spiritual weapon. In His Presence there is fullness of joy, and even in times of trouble our joy knows no bounds (2 Corinthians 7:4).
“…Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…”
We have an urgency to see women and children caught in prostitution, exploitation, and abuse set free. We long to see the lost come home, broken families restored, and new families created. We never want the stories of brokenness and abandonment to become “normal,” and we must never become desensitized.
We always want to have urgency in our hearts. However, we also understand that it is a marathon not a sprint, and we desire to be consistent in love, commitment, and service. We understand that consistency is one of the most powerful tools we have for reaching the lost and restoring the broken. When things do not go as planned and results are seemingly slow, we do not lose our hope nor our passion.
We fix our eyes on Jesus who walked the earth with both urgency and consistency. We choose to be like our Father who is more consistent and more faithful than the waves of the ocean and the morning sun.
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