On our logo there are five stars. Each of these stars symbolizes our five core values: Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Missions and Service and Extravagant Generosity. As adopted from Bishop Robert Schnase The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, these values are ones we practice on both a personal and congregational level.
On a congregational level, Radical Hospitality is about welcoming and receiving others with open arms. It looks like caring for those that are different from us so that they may experience the love of Christ. What sets this practice apart from others is the word “radical.” A word that also means to go above and beyond.
On a personal level, Radical Hospitality starts with inviting God to work through us in whatever way He wants. When we humble ourselves before God in this way, we can reap the benefits of a spiritually rich life and pass those blessings onto others.
Worship is what happens when a congregation makes an intentional effort to gather together in the name of Christ. It has the power to soften hearts, heal those that are hurting and provide a sense of purpose and community. The word passionate comes in when the church as a whole approaches worship with a sense of excitement. Individually, this means being active in prayer and personal devotion. Both of these actions are just another way to further your communication and commitment to God.
Intentional Faith Development is about deliberately seeking opportunities to learn and grow together, regardless of where one is at in their walk. At Mt. Zion, we offer several opportunities to foster this value, including classes, studies and groups. But Intentional Faith Development is just as much about personal growth as it is about growing as a community. When we make a conscious effort to grow on our own, we grow as a whole.
The fourth value we honor here at Zion involves making a positive impact on others by volunteering, providing community service and participating in missions opportunities. We use the words “risk-taking” here, because putting yourself out there and exposing yourself to people of different backgrounds and beliefs takes courage. To learn more about how you can use your gifts to serve others, ask us about our missions opportunities today.
Last but not least of our values is extravagant generosity. Whether in regards to monetary giving, fulfilling a spiritual need or sharing resources, we approach this value with grateful hearts.