We invite you to watch our teachings on the Core Values (coming soon).
While the principles of Messenger Fellowship are many, we are distinguished by ten core values.
1) The Lordship of Christ
This is the summation of all other values, and is the cornerstone of our fellowship. We desire to embrace a culture that acknowledges His Lordship at personal, corporate and strategic levels. This includes the essential place of the Scriptures in the lives of believers and in the leadership of the church, and the role of obedience in both to the Word of God and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
2) The Glory of God
We affirm the first tenet of the Westminster Catechism which states: ‘The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever’. We value every expression of worship, prayer, fellowship, outreach, and every good work that demonstrates God’s glory in the earth. We do not value activities or accomplishments that in any way detract from the glory of God.
3) The Local Church
The local church is the primary means that Jesus has ordained to fulfill His purposes on the earth. We embrace the local church as a fountainhead of ministry, in its place of nurturing, equipping and mobilizing, as well as in the impacting of the culture in which she has been planted. We also believe that trans-local ministries can be birthed out of the local church and provide immense value to the advancement of the Kingdom.
4) A Theology of Grace
We believe that salvation is a gift from God and that man does not initiate it nor aid it – it is simply a work of God’s grace. Since a believer comes into the Kingdom by grace, we believe that our continued fellowship with God, and with others, is an extension of that same grace. It is this overwhelming confidence in the grace of God that causes us to believe for the restoration of broken lives, to minister in humility and the fear of the Lord, to honor each person God has created, and to commit our lives to the fulfilling of the Great Commission.
5) Unity in the Midst of Diversity
It is evident to us that God is the author of both diversity and unity. We recognize the priestly prayer of Jesus that was offered in John 17 for our unity as being essential for Christian leaders to embrace. Fellowship within the Body of Christ has too often been built around issues of race, culture, economics, doctrine or vision. We desire to build our fellowship around the greatness of Christ’s work within each individual, and a commonly held commitment to fundamental values and beliefs, while celebrating the diversity of leadership within God’s Kingdom.
6) Servant Leadership
It is clear to us that all models of leadership should, first and foremost, come from Jesus, who declared that He did not come to be served – but to serve. We recognize the various leadership styles in the church today, but we affirm those whose foundations are rooted in the spirit of servanthood. This does not mean that leaders are to be weak or passive, neither does it mean that they are to be overworked or abused by other leaders or the flock of God. It does mean, however, that they see themselves as ones who lay down their lives for others.
7) The Primacy of Worship and Prayer
We believe that worship and prayer touch the very heart of God. It is a fundamental belief amongst our fellowship that these are the source and secret of any and all ministry success. Worship and prayer play a central part of all gatherings of Messenger Fellowship, both in corporate expression and in personal ministry.
8) A Relational Community of Leaders
We put a high regard on the biblical injunction to walk in community. We believe that the whole church, including all leaders, should be in significant relationships with other believers and other leaders. Leaders must not try to go it alone, or see themselves as elevated or removed from accountable relationships within their local churches, ministry teams, cities and nations.
Issues of how authority is delegated and exercised has been the source of much controversy in the church. Messenger believes that authority is best served on a relational level, and is generally best conveyed voluntarily – by an invitation to speak into one’s life. This means that there should be very little exercise of control or judgement towards one another in peer-leadership settings. Rather than attempting to invoke an institutional form of authority upon its Associates, we seek to lead by example and influence out of relationship.
9) Commitment to Reformation, Renewal and Revival
We are grateful to God for all He has done throughout history bringing restoration, renewal, refreshing, revival and reformation to His church. Yet, we believe that this is a work that must continue in this generation and beyond. In light of this, we attempt to serve as a faithful prophetic messenger to stir and awaken the church as Christ’s bride to be everything that He has called her to be, and for her to fulfill her God-given destiny in the days in which we are living.
10) The Completion of the Great Commission
Messenger Fellowship is committed to doing everything possible to reach all people everywhere, and to pursue not only an initial gospel witness, but a discipling ministry among every tribe, language, people and nation. We delight in and actively look for ways to team with other churches and ministries for the advancement of God’s Kingdom in the earth.