"Discovering and Developing Your Core Values" – Influence Magazine

Discovering and Developing Your Core Values

by Chris Railey

Your values will fuel your vision. Values are those things that, whether you recognize them or not, will get you up in the morning, keep you motivated throughout the day, and help you assess where you’ve been and what you’ve done.

Think of ministry as a road trip. Your vision is like the destination — where you want to end up. The vision of your ministry is the picture God has placed in your heart for where your church is going and what it can become. If vision is the where and mission is what of ministry, then values are the why. Your core values are the fuel that drives your ministry.

Our values are more discovered than created. Our true values are more actual than aspirational. That’s because most of them are placed in us by God. He created you with certain gifts and passions, and those have a big say in what values you have. Your experiences also play a major role, but we all know that you rarely get to choose what happens to you.

Instead of choosing values, you have to uncover them. You need to dig deep and learn about your God and yourself. When you do that, you will be better equipped to use that fuel to drive your vision…