What should be a ministry’s 10 most important values? Part 1 – Semi exhaustive list of values

We are in the process of writing a strategic plan for our ministry. Not that we have been working without a plan. We feel, however, that a lot of what we do, or are trying to do, follows unwritten aspirations instead of a intentionally developed plan.


I understand that our plan is written in the Word of God and that the path before us should be the one that is revealed to us through consistent prayer. We see in the Bible that our main focus is to make disciples of Jesus Christ in the country of Portugal (by going, baptizing and teaching), to organize these disciples into self-governing, self-sustaining and self-reproducing New Testament churches. For clarity, let’s just say that the strategic plan that we are trying to write is the clear statement of what we plan to do with the time we are given to accomplish the goal we believe the Lord has given us.

We have been ministering in Portugal since 2004. It has been our experience that you always have more things to do than time to get them done. A strategic plan is a tool that we hope will help us determine wether to say yes or no and distinguish what is important from what is just urgent.

We are trying to come up with a list of 10 core ministry values. Right now, we will keep these in the realm of aspirational values. Before we come forward with a list of the actual values of our ministry, we would like to study for which we should actually strive.

What follows is a list of ministry values. If you read this, could you send us a message with the ones you consider the 10 most important core values for a ministry? We really appreciate your help in this. Here it goes (they are not in any particular order, and there might be some that overlap):

  • Expository teaching
  • Fellowship
  • Prayer
  • Biblical community
  • Worship
  • Evangelism
  • Biblical faithfulness
  • Cultural relevance
  • Grace
  • Spiritual growth
  • Family
  • Simplicity
  • Cross Cultural
  • Equipping for ministry
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Excellence
  • Love
  • Authenticity
  • Humility
  • Obedience
  • Separation
  • Unity
  • Hard work
  • World Missions
  • Discipleship
  • Humor
  • Bible knowledge
  • Encouragement
  • Giving
  • Honesty
  • Leadership
  • Team ministry
  • Cooperation
  • Compassion
  • Forgiveness
  • Genuineness
  • Mentoring
  • Orderliness

Please send your list as a comment to this post, or to my email mark@reachportugal.com.

After we get a few of your comments, the plan is to have a Facebook live event where we will discuss our findings.

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