SJBC Core Values
We are an African American Church and our worship services reflect our heritage. While we
celebrate the African American experience, we embrace and welcome all cultures. The values listed
below speak to our beliefs and commitments to all people without regard to race, gender or creed.
The scripture basis for our values can be found in Romans 1: 16, Matthew 7:12, Luke 15, Corinthians 9: 19-23, Matthew 28: 19-20, Hebrews 13:18 and Philippians 4:6.
We are passionately committed to the message that God has acted on our behalf in Jesus and that through Him we can experience a life-transforming relationship with God. The Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible undergird and shape our ministry.
We are passionately committed to loving, affirming and upholding the God-given worth of each
individual. We are committed to treating all people with dignity and respect. We endeavor to identify
as deeply as possible with people's needs.
We are passionately committed to sharing Christ in relevant and engaging ways with those
not yet connected to Christ or the Church. Because lost people matter to God, we will strive to reach unsaved and unchurched people with the Gospel.
We are passionately committed to doing and risking whatever it takes within the context of the
Gospel to build a church that reaches people for Christ and helps them to grow in their relationship with God and others.
We are passionately committed to training, equipping, and empowering transformed people of all faith
levels to experience and enjoy a Christ-centered life.
We are passionately committed to honesty, openness, fairness and grace in dealing with the unchurched, unsaved and members of our church.
We are passionately committed to encasing all we are and do in prayer, seeking God's guidance in every aspect of our ministry.
We value authentic, genuine relationships that result in a loving community of mutually supportive people. We appreciate the diversity that exists among us in age, gender, personality, and perspective. We believe life transformation and loving relationships occur best through small groups.
We believe making disciples is our mandate for Christ. Therefore, we seek to become disciples that make disciples for Christ.
We are called to keep serving the present age and we believe relevance is significant to reaching people. SJBC respires and builds on its past without becoming its slave. We seek to be relevant to the culture in which we live , while not surrendering our core values, beliefs and behaviors to tradition or culture.
We are passionately committed to assuring that measures are in place so that all SJBC programs operate effectively and efficiently throughout the church and in the community.