Who We Are
Our mission is the “big picture” of what we’re chasing as a community. Our vision tries
to communicate the particular shape our community’s expression of that mission will
take. Our values are the ground-level habits and practices that we believe have to be in
place in order for us to fulfill our vision and stay faithful to our mission.
At Grindstone, the process of discovering our values was community driven. That
means that instead of having the leadership identify our values, we invited our
community—and particularly our Partners—to speak into the process and help us
identify what’s important to us and what habits need to take root in our lives as we
pursue God’s best for Grindstone. After much dialogue and prayer, our staff and Elders
then articulated the dominant values of our community. The result was the following:
We value teaching, understanding and applying the biblical narrative in order to
find our place in God’s unfolding story.
In a culture of misrepresentation, we value a biblically informed understanding of
who Jesus is and what discipleship to him entails.
We value the sense of belonging that comes from choosing to do life together,
sharing in the beautiful mess of genuine relationships.
We value a comprehensive, holistic Christian lifestyle that encourages every
square inch of our lives to embody the reality of God’s transforming power.
We value looking at doing things in creative ways and fostering courageous
exploration of what it means to make disciples in our context.
We value a culture where individuals are empowered to get involved in
meaningful ways that contribute to the fulfillment of our mission.
We value each person sharing in the responsibilities of community and mission.
We value participating in God’s rescue mission to restore all that is broken by
becoming a conduit for justice, mercy and love.