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Who We Are

Values

The Westlake Way -

WITH not for

We believe in building relationships because a person is not a problem to be fixed but someone to be known.

Why? Repeatedly, Jesus invited people to, “follow me”. Jesus’ solution was for people to walk “with” him, not simply for him to do things “for” people. The best way to lead someone to Jesus is to have them follow you there. Walking with one another in relationship helps each of us discover one another’s God-given assets and leverage them for the greatest good, as Jesus did with his disciples.

Demonstrated by:

  • Imitating Jesus in walk, talk and action is the best way to do life together.
  • Developing relationships determines the best response to someone’s needs.
  • Resisting programs for programs sake to focus on people for people’s sake.
  • Investing in and inviting others to follow me as I follow Christ.
  • HELP not hurt

    We believe in empowering people to be the solution to their own problems.

    Why? We are all image-bearers of God (Gen. 1:26-31). God brought us into being, blessed us, called us to meaningful work, then empowered us with the full capacity to support self and family by the fruit of our work. Therefore, each person has the ability to fulfill his or her calling to glorify God through his or her work and life. This is what it means to bear God’s image, because every person has dignity, worth and capacity for good.

    Demonstrated by:

  • Understanding “why” I help is just as important as “who” I help.
  • Treating people as the responsible stewards God created them to be.
  • Bringing “relationships” to chronic problems and “relief” to crisis problems (Triage!).
  • Starting with what is RIGHT (asset-based solutions) instead of what is WRONG (need-based solutions).
  • OPEN not shut

    We believe in openness to God’s Word as the sole authority of our lives.

    Why? The Word is Christ (John 1:1-2, 14). Therefore, we seek to delight in Him without neglect (Psalm 119:16). For, all Scripture is “God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16), molding us, shaping us toward Christlikeness. God speaks to us through His Word still, and it is relevant to our lives today (cf. Hebrews 4:12). The Word of God should read us as much as we read it.

    Demonstrated by:

  • Approaching the Word to seek God without pre-determined conclusions.
  • Valuing our “Church of Christ” heritage and the interpretations of our forebears, yet ultimately committed and deferred to the expansion of the Kingdom of God.
  • Following Jesus and his teaching with full obedience.
  • Believing that God responds to faith not need.
  • LOVE not judge

    We believe in fostering an environment where no one stands alone.

    Why? We are called to love others, be a neighbor and demonstrate compassion (Luke 10:25-37). Jesus came to save the world not condemn it (Jn. 3:16-17). Jesus said everything about life boils down to loving God and loving others (Mk. 12:28-31). Our capacity to love others is the greatest measure of our love of God.

    Demonstrated by:

  • Accepting each person where they are without stereotyping or prejudice.
  • Resisting the temptation to make people conform before they are welcomed and embraced.
  • Loving the lost (“prodigal’s”) and the least (“Samaritan’s”).
  • Bearing each other’s burdens is the work of everyone.
  • ENGAGE not ignore

    We believe that we are never more like Jesus than when we engage the people God has placed around us and serve them in His name.

    Why? Jesus has called us to “go” (Matt. 28:18-20) and engage the world around us as his “witnesses” (Acts 1:8). The local church is God’s preferred medium for this work.

    Demonstrated by:

  • Being convicted that we are God’s “Plan A”, and there is no “Plan B”.
  • Believing God is at work all over our community, and our primary goal is to join him there.
  • Trying is the only path to discover anything worth doing.
  • Partnering with others who engage our community effectively is better than “reinventing the wheel” ourselves.
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