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The personality of a church is made up of its people and its core values. Even though we could never accurately describe the wonderful and varied nature of our people we can summarize our values.
Naperville Presbyterian Church Core Values
We believe that God, through the Gospel, transforms individual lives, relationships, communities and culture. This conviction brings confidence and hope, challenges us to boldness and courage, and calls us to trust and to prayer. Because of this confidence in God's transforming grace, we want to dream big dreams and be involved in ministries of extension and multiplication.
We believe that the local church is a mission outpost. It is impossible to separate the Christian life from mission and harvest. As a mission outpost, the church and its members actively seek ways to penetrate the community and individual lives with the Gospel and to include all those encountered in God's Kingdom and church.
We believe that worship is central in the life of the believer. Worship that glorifies God, both in daily life and in the regular gathering of the church, is the natural response of the believer to the grace of God. We desire to facilitate participatory corporate worship experiences that give God glory, honor and praise, that open the way for authentic encounters with Him and that bring His followers great delight.
We believe God calls every believer to wholehearted discipleship. A church full of Christians who are running hard after God, living with intent as His children and using their gifts to extend His Kingdom, brings God great glory and is a powerful witness to the world. We are eager to help every Christian live as a learner, minister, evangelist and steward.
We believe that the Christian life is only lived in the context of relationships. The Christian life is not meant to be a solitary experience. We will encourage everyone to be in an infectious small group and will structure all ministry in teams.
We believe God's grace permeates every aspect of our life together. Whether a person is a mature believer or a young Christian or a seeker, God's grace speaks to the heart and satisfies the soul. Everything that we do will announce and present grace rather than law and legalism. We intend to communicate a warm, winsome and caring Reformed faith.
We believe Kingdom building ministry is best accomplished through trained and empowered lay people. Effective Kingdom building ministry requires a well-mobilized laity, that has discovered, has developed, and is using the unique combination of capabilities provided each person by God.
We believe that effective ministry must be Biblically based as well as culturally relevant. We do not need to sacrifice either Biblical truth or cultural relevance. All of our ministries will be in the vernacular, speaking directly to the immediate cultures and people without compromising scripture or theology.
We believe that Naperville Presbyterian Church is an ongoing ministry to current and future generations. Transforming Christian lives for Christ both now and in the future requires that we not only prepare the next generation to lead but also recognize that ministry ownership by them is essential to assure relevance and continuity in our ministries.