Core Values

1.  We believe that the Bible is the inspired infallible Word of God and is without error in all it affirms. We believe that it is our ultimate source of authority. We also believe that God is the source of all truth and that we should have an appreciation of other disciplines – such as history, languages, science and philosophy – to help us minister more effectively and to grow in our knowledge of God.

 2.  We believe that the essence of Christianity is relationships; firstly to God through Jesus Christ and then to other believers and finally to the world around us. Believers can’t be all that God wants them to be if they are not committed to developing these relationships and doing what is right within them. Christian maturity is not a mere abstinence form ‘sinful’ activities but includes a commitment to the development of positive relationships with others.

 3.  We believe in the necessity of the Holy Spirit to transform us so that we become like Christ in character and have the power of the Holy Spirit for ministry. We believe that we are given the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit when we believe (Eph.1:13) but that we need to experience his power as a subsequent experience – this usually occurs after conversion. (Eph.1:17-20). We believe that the proper exercising of all spiritual gifts as recorded in the New Testament is necessary if the church is to operate the way God intends. 

 4.  We believe that training must have a sound intellectual and biblical base. We believe it must also include instruction on how to apply the teaching in a practical relevant way. Training should have an ‘on the job training’ component.

 5.  We believe that men and woman have intellect, will, and emotions and that all are important in the service of God. We believe that intellect and emotions must compliment each other. Believers must be continually renewed in the way they think so that their thoughts and behaviour are brought into line with God’s will for them.

 6.  We believe that the local church is in the centre of God’s plan for the world and that all ministries need to be supportive of the church. We believe that the purpose of the church is to:

  •  Worship God. (Worship)
  • Effectively communicate the gospel to its community and to incorporate new believers into the church. (Evangelism)
  • Equip believers so that they reach their potential in their personal life and in ministry. (Discipling.)
  • Care for those in need. (Care)
  • Be committed to achieving social justice. (Social justice/Action)
  • Be involved in God’s world wide mission. (Missions)

 The acronym WEDCAM helps to memorise the above.