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Join us on Sundays at 9:00 and 10:45am!

We meet at 45 Eberle Lane in Sequim, directions here.

Staff July 2017



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Tim Richards

Lead Pastor

Tim first came to Sequim as a boy. He met his wife, Branette, in eighth grade at the bus stop and knew he was hooked. After High School, Tim & Branette both attended Prairie Bible College, earning Bachelors in Religious Education. They married in 1984. After a brief time back in Sequim, they moved to Southern California where Tim attend Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.

While in Graduate School, Tim served as a Youth Pastor as well as working part-time for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Operations Bureau.

In 1988, having completed his MDiv, he received a call to serve as an Associate Pastor at Sierra Bible Church in Sonora, California. He and Branette served there eight years. During that time Tim also did some free-lance curriculum writing for David C. Cook Publishing.

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A significant part of Tim's story involves a crisis of faith. It was that crisis which led him out of pastoring for a time, feeling the need to separate his search from his paycheck. If you’d like to know more about his story go to www.thefaithpuzzle.org.

In 1996 Tim & Branette moved back to Sequim where they became active members of Dungeness Community Church. Tim also pursued some entrepreneurial interests, inventing a small tool (The MixMizer ™) which is sold nationwide and founding NorthWest Supply, Inc., a company specializing in the liquidation of medical & scientific assets.

After 19 years in the business world, Dungeness Community Church asked if Tim would consider assuming the role of Lead Pastor. Sensing God's timing and leading to re-enter full-time ministry, Tim accepted the call and joined the staff on November 1, 2015.

Tim says, "This is an adventure of grace that only God could have orchestrated. We are just excited and grateful that He has invited us along for the ride."

Tim & Branette are proud parents of four grown children and two grandchildren (for now).  

 
 

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Wayne Yamamoto

Associate Pastor

Wayne has been on staff at Dungeness Community Church since November of 1994. He is the Associate Pastor of men’s, discipleship, and assimilation ministries. Born in Long Beach, California, he graduated from Narbonne High School in 1973. He attended San Diego State University and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California and graduated with a B.S. in Soil Science in 1980.

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Having a brief career with the Boise National Forest, Wayne received an M.A. in Biblical Studies from the Cole Center for Biblical Studies in Boise, Idaho. In 1980 Wayne became a lay staff minister to junior high students at Cole Community Church in Boise.

Four years later Wayne became an intern in charge of the junior high ministry. After spending two and half years in Montana, he returned to Boise to head up the Junior High department at Cole in 1989. In 1994, the family moved to Sequim as Wayne headed up the youth ministry at DCC.

After 32 years of student ministry he transitioned into the Associate role at DCC in August of 2011. He and his wife have been married for over 30 years and have three children. He likes to chase salmon and steelhead in the rivers on the Olympic Peninsula in his spare time. Building houses in Mexico is one of his favorite activities.


David Piper

David Piper

Youth Pastor

David was born and raised in California before moving to Sequim, Washington at 11 years of age. He attended DCC’s youth groups under the leadership of Wayne Yamamoto throughout middle school and high school, even helping with middle school youth group as a junior. He graduated in 2004 from Sequim High with a nominal to non-existent faith. After losing a dear friend in a car accident he began to ask and struggle with the bigger questions of life.

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Shortly thereafter he began teaching English in China and exploring six of earth's continents in a search for fullness of life. Whilst living in Guatemala he had a life changing encounter with the risen Christ in his dingy, Chimaltenango apartment. Life would never be the same after he was ‘ruined’ by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Returning back to the States in February of 2008, he took over the Middle School program at DCC for two years - two years which left a deep and beautiful mark on his life. From there, God called him to a school in New Zealand named Laidlaw and a church in Auckland where he served as youth pastor. He graduated from Laidlaw on June 15th, 2013 with a bachelor's degree in theology. Upon his return home, he took his previous youth pastor's job. Pastor Wayne didn’t complain about this one bit.

Piper has a passion for youth and a love for the Church. His style of ministry is highly relational, seeing the significance of gospel-centered discipleship and hospitality. His favorite theologians include Athanasius and T.F. Torrance. When not at DCC, you’re most likely to find him scaling a rock wall at the Elwha or cooking pancakes, bacon and eggs for students on a Wednesday morning.

 


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Shawn Stanton

Worship

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Scott Culver

Scott Culver

Children's Director

Scott was born in Taiwan to missionary parents and lived his first five years in the Philippines. He lived in Pasadena and then Palo Alto where he graduated from high school. He is a graduate of Taylor University (B.A. History), Regent College in Vancouver, BC (M.Div and Th.M), and has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Northwest Graduate School of Ministry.Scott was called to Dungeness Community Church in 1987 where he served as Associate Pastor for 20 years. He then served another 8 years as Lead Pastor before retiring.

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While he was the associate pastor, Scott chaired the Global Outreach Committee and was heavily involved in cross-cultural work. He led mission teams to Poland, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Mexico, Jordan, Mozambique, South Africa, China and North Korea. He has been directly involved with work in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia (Food for the Hungry), Turkey (People International), Israel, Jordan, West Bank, Gaza Strip, Cyprus, Honduras and Guatemala (Mercy Corps) and Indonesia (One Challenge). He served on the Board of Trustees of The Firs Bible and Missionary Conference (1999-2004) and the Board of Directors of People International (2005-2009). He holds a Certificate from the Perspectives On the World Christian Movement course.

Scott also spent many years overseeing DCC’s Children’s Ministry, teaching children’s Sunday school, leading a weekly kids group for 5th and 6th graders, and later a weekly group for 3rd–5th graders. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on The Art of Storytelling In the Classroom and has led workshops on storytelling. Scott and his wife Donnalee have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. They have been married 44 years.


Jenny Hartman R.N

Jenny Hartman R.N.

Parish Nurse

Jenny was born in Dayton, Ohio, and subsequently worked in Hilo, Hawaii where she met her husband, Dave and then moved to Sequim in 1980. Since that time, she has worked in medical/surgical nursing at Olympic Medical Center, clinic nursing in Sequim, and also counseling and nursing managerial roles in the area.

She began the parish nurse program at Dungeness Community Church in 2006 after a personal health crisis. Parish nursing, also referred to as faith community nursing, encompasses physical, emotional, psychological and social health within the faith community and holds that spiritual health is central to ones total health. Her primary responsibilities are counseling, visitation, advocacy, education, and referral. She feels privileged to help those who may be journeying through a personal health crisis.

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Jenny and Dave have two children and two grandsons. They enjoy outdoor recreation and traveling to warm places.

Jenny attended nursing school at Kettering College of Medical Arts (Kettering, Ohio), graduating in 1974.

 

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Gary and Nancy Stack

Pastoral Counseling

Gary and Nancy are back on the Olympic Peninsula and available for all types of counseling needs. Professionally trained with masters degrees. Over 20 years experience. Appointments are available in Sequim at DCC and Port Angeles at IBC. For an appointment, call: Gary: 477-7088, or Nancy: 477-6910.

What We Believe

Our Mission:  Our mission is to glorify God by fulfilling the Great Commission through dynamic teaching, creative worship, deep community, effective evangelism, and joyful service.

Our Vision:  The vision of DCC is to form a cohesive caring community of people who are equipped and empowered to use their spiritual gifts for ministry within the church and who are committed to faithfully share the gospel in the Sequim community and beyond through holistic outreach.

Our Core Values:

  1. We value full devotion to Jesus Christ as head of the church and to God the Father to whom all glory and honor is due.

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    Colossians 1:15 - 18 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorit ies; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the su premacy.

    Philippians 2:1 - 11 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like - minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a serva nt, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death -- even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the na me of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    Ephesians 3:14 - 21 F or this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your h earts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge -- that you may b e filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, f or ever and ever! Amen.

    Jude 1:24 - 25 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy -- to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen

  2. We value love as the motivation for everything we do and say.

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    John 13:34 - 35 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

    1 Corinthians 13:1 - 13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self - seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where t here are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reas oned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith , hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

    Colossians 3:14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

    John 14:21 “ Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves m e will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."

  3. We value dependent faith that waits for the power and leading of the Holy Spirit through personal and corporate prayer.

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    Luke 18:1 - 8 Then Jesus told his disciples a par able to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!'" And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"

    Acts 1:4 - 14 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, bu t wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." So when they met togethe r, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; an d you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was goi ng, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heave n." Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day's walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thoma s, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

    Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves t o the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

    Acts 4:24 - 31 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. "Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, an d everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: "'Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and agai nst his Anointed One.' Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happ en. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus." After they prayed, the place where t hey were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

    Philippians 4:6 - 7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. A nd the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 P ray continually

  4. We value submission to the authority of the Word of God. 

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    2 Timothy 3:16 - 17 All Scripture is God - breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

    James 1:22 - 25 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves . Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the pe rfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it -- he will be blessed in what he does.

    1 Peter 1:12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

    2 Peter 1:20 - 21 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prop het's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spi

  5. We value obedience to Jesus Christ’s Great Commission through true discipleship that builds a lifestyle consistent with the biblical Christ.  In this way the gospel is preached; the lost are found. 

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    Matthew 28:19 - 20 " Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

    1 John 3:16 - 18 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

    Romans 10:13 - 15 For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good ne

  6. We value presenting the gospel in culturally appropriate ways while remaining doctrinally pure.

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    Acts 16:3 Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.

    Acts 17:16 - 31 While P aul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God - fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, "What is this babbler trying to say?" Others remarked, "He seems to be advocating foreign gods." They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean." (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.) Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you a re very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: ~to an unknown god. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. "The God who made the wor ld and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' "Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone -- an ima ge made by man's design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to a ll men by raising him from the dead."

    Acts 21:20 - 26 When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: "You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law. They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs. What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come, so do what we tell you. There are four m en with us who have made a vow. Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everybody will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in o bedience to the law. As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality." The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them.

    1 Corinthians 9:19 - 23 Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I mi ght save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessing

  7. We value Spirit-led strategies in which acts of compassion and proclamation go hand in hand.

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    Luke 4:18 - 19 "The Spirit of t he Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

    Isaiah 58:6 - 11 " Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter -- wh en you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be you r rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun - scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well - watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

    Mark 8:1 - 8 During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion for t hese people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance." His disciples answered, "But where in this remote place can anyone g et enough bread to feed them?" "How many loaves do you have?" Jesus asked. "Seven," they replied. He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before t he people, and they did so. They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left ove r.

    Matthew 25:35 - 40 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see yo u sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' ”

    James 2:14 - 17 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothi ng about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead

  8. We value unity and commitment to one another as God’s servants, developing and encouraging the use of our spiritual gifts in a caring community of faith. 

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    Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

    Romans 12:3 - 8 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of your self with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encour age; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

    1 Cor inthians 12 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be i gnorant. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by th e Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the S pirit is given for the common good ...

    1 Corinthians 14 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts ...

    Ephesians 4:1 - 16 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit -- just as you were called to one hope when you were called -- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ appor tioned it. This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men." (What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ m ay be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here a nd there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

  9. We value faithful and empowered servant leadership modeled on the example of Jesus Christ.

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    Matthew 20:28 “ ... just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

    Luke 22:25 - 27 Jesus said to them, "The kings of the G entiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is gre ater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

    John 13:12 - 17 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you underst and what I have done for you?" he asked them. "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you sh ould do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

    Philippians 2:5 - 8 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death -- even death on a cross!

  10. We value submission to godly leadership. 

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    Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.

    1 Timothy 5:17 - 19 The elders who direct the aff airs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages." Do not entertain an accusatio n against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses

  11. We value commitment to quality and excellence in all we do.

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    Exodus 31:1 - 11 Then the Lord said to Moses, "See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts -- to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you: the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the Testimony with the atonement cover on it, and all the oth er furnishings of the tent -- the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstand and all its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand -- and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you."

    Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, d o it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

    Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men .