Glorify God by teaching his timeless Truth to today’s people that, by God’s Grace, all may grow in faith and share tomorrow’s eternity.
Our Core Values
Values are strongly held beliefs and principles that guide a person or organization in life. Core values are the key, and no doubt the most important, principles on which a church is built and moves forward. They guide both the leaders who set the vision, and the members who follow that vision. They are the foundation on which one develops a vision, and designs strategies to accomplish agreed upon goals.
Salem leaders have identified the following core values to help guide our congregation in future ministry decisions:
- God’s Word and Sacraments (Lord’s Supper and Baptism) are the Means of Grace God uses to transform people and strengthen faith. Salem commits to clear Biblical teaching and the preaching of God’s Word to bring people to Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29).
- God’s Word is the inspired and inerrant will of God. We follow it as our guide for all things and view it as our final source of truth (Hebrews 1:1 1 Corinthians 14:37; Matthew 7:24; John 17:17).
- Personal spiritual growth and life-long learning are essential for every believer. Salem is committed to providing opportunities for God’s people of all ages to grow in faith (Acts 2:42; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 3:18).
- The Church is a Biblical community of believers who are united in, and fully devoted to, growing in God’s Word, worship, evangelism and in fellowship with each other (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:24-25). Salem rejoices in and is thankful for this unity.
- Spiritually lost people matter to God and therefore are valuable to us. Salem will make every effort in pursuing these lost people and fulfilling the Great Commission. This will require us to invest time, money and energy. (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 15; Acts 1:8).
- Prayer is a powerful tool God has given to his church. God hears prayer and answers according to His will (Matthew 7:7-11; Mark 11:22-24; Acts 2:42; 4:31; 12:5-17; James 5:14-16). At His invitation, we bring our individual and congregational prayers before His throne.
- Worship that gathers around Word and Sacrament brings glory to God and enhances the lives of believers (John 4:23-24; Romans 12:1; Hebrews 10:22). Salem will strive to offer variety and excellence in every worship opportunity.
- In love, Christ gave us His all. That love motivates God’s people at Salem to give of their time, talents, and financial resources for the Kingdom (Exodus 25:1-2; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:7; 2 Corinthians 8:5-7).
- God is very clear in Scripture that He has compassion for those in need. Salem reaches out to those who are less fortunate to supply them with earthly needs (Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Proverbs 14:21; Proverbs 22:9; Galatians 2:10).
- God promises that He will provide for us. Trusting this, we commit our plans to Him and move forward in ministry. (Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 37:5; Isaiah 30:21)