A group of leaders from our community spent more than twenty hours over four weeks telling stories about Peace–its past, present and future, evaluating ministry, and discerning our core values. Here are the core values we articulated:
Grace not guilt
Service without condition
Relationships over rules
Love not fear
As a leader in the community I was thrilled. That’s the kind of community I had always hoped to be part of and invest in. Yet, as a leader, I also know there is, at times, a gap between stated values and lived values. Stated values are those statements you put on a plaque or emboss on your letterhead, convince yourself that everyone knows and lives them, and then pat yourself on the back. Lived values are embodied in every aspect of the community–what happens publicly as the community gathers and privately as we relate to one another.
One of the most exciting moments in our leader conversation was when I asked each person present which value is most life-giving for them and which keeps them connected with the community. One by one, with little hesitation, each leader named a lived value of Peace that they not only had experienced but that continues to give them life.
Now, let’s extend the conversation. Whether you are part of the Peace community or not, which of these would be most life-giving for you? What’s missing? I would love to hear from your this week.
It’s Monday. What would it be like to live these core values in your home, your workplace, your community this week? Let me know how it goes. Peace. Kai