Relationships

We value relationships as they reflect the true nature of God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in perfect love and unity.  Of primary importance is our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit.  We value the Body of Christ, His church, made up of fellow believers from a diverse background of traditions and express this through fellowship and communion together around meals.  We value the relationships within the communities we live, work and are called to minister.

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Intentionality

We value intentionality by employing strategic activities to develop those within the Body to maturity in Christ.  Exhorting and edifying believers through teaching, equipping and practical discipleship so that they identify and employ their gifts and ministries alongside others in the service of God.  We value intentional networks of relationships and activities that will enable accomplishment of our vision.

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Substance over Form

We value substance over form and will continually seek to discover and express God’s truths in relevant and practical ways while holding to our statement of faith.  We desire that the substance our faith will continue to answer life’s questions in a society of accelerating change and that we will be innovative change agents to the world around us.

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Word of God

We value the Word of God as scripture inspired by God.  That it is fully capable of training and equipping believers for life and ministry.  We value teaching and the study of the Word of God.  Living it out through service and devotion, modeling to those around us.

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Prayer

We value prayer as a means of communication from and to God, developing our personal relationship with Christ.  As a Body we value intercessory prayer as a means to lift one another up before God, to seek His will and intervening hand in the national and international affairs.

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Mission

We value God’s mission into our local community, into Alberta and Canada and the nations.  We believe that the heart of mission is the Gospel of Jesus Christ expressed through both Word and deed in love and that it has the intrinsic power to bring freedom and change to all issues in this world.

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Ownership

We value personal ownership that creates integrated members within the Body who express the heartbeat of the church.  Ownership is expressed in the “Priesthood of all Believers” by those who participate regularly, giving valuable input and receiving from the body.  They represent the Holy Spirit’s direction and ministry in and through the church.

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Children and Youth

We value our children and youth members of the Body of Christ.  They are our legacy in this world as witnesses for Christ and future leaders in society.  Their growth in Christ is important and we encourage them through biblical teaching toward personal study and practical experience in their faith.

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Servanthood

We value service to our fellow men as service to God. As we mature in our faith in Christ our desire to serve our fellow man grows.   We are compelled to serve others through love, the love of our neighbour, a love we have because Christ loved us first and He demonstrated  selfless love and service to us.

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Worship & Arts

We value Worship and Arts.  Millarville Church places value on gathering together to celebrate the blessings of God in our personal and corporate lives for the encouragement of the body of Christ.  We encourage artistic, musical, dramatic or any other expression of thanksgiving and praise that is edifying to the Church and the Lord.

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Leadership Development

We value using our gifts and talents to train and equip others. This can be both practical and spiritual gifts. We believe that God has given us all gifts and talents to use, to teach and train others. Leadership is something that is both a natural gift and a process of learned behaviour. This is something that is done intentionally, through relationships guided by prayer and the Word of God.

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Team Ministry

We value Team in ministry and leadership.  Team provides a context of journeying with one another in the accomplishment of task, while appreciating the diverse gift mix of the individuals. Team offers church overseers an environment for discussion, prayer and consensual agreement.  Through the plurality of leadership, team ministry provides a base of collective knowledge, wisdom and accountability.  Team provides a safe place of ministry entry and exit for an individual while the team continues moving forward.

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Hospitality

We value hospitality as the act or practice of being hospitable; the reception, care and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers and those in need, with liberality and goodwill.  The practice of hospitality contains the small seeds of transformation to change lives. We can extend God’s grace by demonstrating hospitality enabling people feel accepted and included as part of an extended family.

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Teaching

We value teaching as a means to produce lifechange by focusing on the needs of the learners and bringing them into a fuller relationship with God.  The foundation of our  teaching is in the truth of the Word of God.  We value teachers being raised up by God within our own local body, by  recognizing their spiritual gifting. We seek to develop and equip those individuals to teach in various ministries of our church.  We value teaching others how to study the Word for themselves so that they are interacting with God’s Word and the Holy Spirit directly.

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