Christian Ethos and Values

Christian Ethos and Values

Values mark who we are. The values that an organisation holds will work their way out into the culture and ethos of the way the organisation runs and feels.

The starting point of all the work of the Christian Distinctiveness Group is to identify the biblical values that should underpin the way Christian organisations operate and the way individuals within them should relate to one another. Organisations will articulate the values in different ways or may have other values that they would add to the following list, but we believe that these five values are key and generic to most Christian organisations. The five values we will look at are:

  • Christ-Centredness – the extent to which the organisation and especially its leaders place God, Father, SOn and Holy Spirit at the centre of all they do, including behaviours and relationships.
  • Individual-Awareness (valuing each person) – recognising that we are all equal in God’s eyes and our work relationships and actions need to reflect this
  • Inclusivity (fairness and belonging) – God is unequivocal in his inclusivity of salvation. Christian organisations need to demonstrate the same welcome and treatment for all.
  • Interdependency (working together) – no one can ‘do everything’. God made us all equal and unique. Being able to recognise the need to work together effectively as a team not only demonstrates professional excellence, but honours the expectations of God in the Epistles for working together.
  • Integrity (in who we are and what we do). In a world that often views Christians as hypocrites, the need for integrity, particularly in leadership, has never been as great. Honesty and integrity need to be hallmarks of Christian organisations if they are going to have any lasting impact.

Follow the links for a further detail and a Biblical basis for these values. We have not sought to give extensive organisational detail of the values at work, but have focussed on some of the key Bible passages that underpin these values, along with some biblical examples. As the outworking of all these values is relational, you will encounter some overlap both in terms of the passages used and the expressions of these values.