The Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy to “guard the good deposit… with the help of the Holy Spirit.” (2 Timothy 1:13,14). Like Timothy, every ministry has a good deposit that must be guarded. In Every Nation, our core values articulate for us the good deposit we as a ministry must guard together, lest they be lost. Whether we are building a discipleship group, a music group, or planting a new church, these core values are the essential issues and help describe how we build.
Because Jesus is “King of kings and Lord of lords,” we believe that whole-hearted submission to God’s will and His Word is the starting point of the Christian faith and the foundation of all spiritual growth.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him.” Colossians 2:6
Because God’s heart is to reach the lost, we are passionate about preaching the gospel and doing ministry in a way that engages people outside of the Christian faith. We seek to build churches primarily through evangelism—not transfer, through birth—not adoption.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10
Because we are called to make disciples, our primary focus is establishing biblical foundations, equipping believers to minister, and empowering disciples to make disciples—not conducting meetings, facilitating programs, or building buildings.
“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.” Matthew 28:19,20
Because we are called to establish churches in every nation, we are committed to a culture of empowering leadership. We are intentionally multi-generational, and we deliberately create opportunities and platforms for next generation leaders to develop their leadership.
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2
Because the family is the foundation and validation of ministry, we refuse to sacrifice our marriages and our children on the altars of temporal success. And because we believe God has called us to be a spiritual family, we embrace community, reject the idea of disposable relationships, and choose to walk in love, respect, and unity.
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain… Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Psalm 127:1,3