Church Ministry Core Values Audit


by Aubrey Malphurs


Directions: Using the scale below, circle the number that best expresses to what extent the following values are important to your church (actual values). Work your way through the list quickly, going with your first impression.

1 = not important
2 = somewhat important
3 = important
4 = most important

1. Preaching and teaching Scripture: Communicating God’s Word to people. 1 2 3 4
2. Family: People immediately related to one another by marriage or birth. 1 2 3 4
3. Bible Knowledge: A familiarity with the truths of the Scriptures. 1 2 3 4
4. World missions: Spreading the gospel around the globe. 1 2 3 4
5. Community: Caring about and addressing the needs of others. 1 2 3 4
6. Encouragement: Giving hope to people who need hope. 1 2 3 4
7. Giving: Providing a portion of one’s finances to support the ministry. 1 2 3 4
8. Fellowship: Relating to and enjoying one another. 1 2 3 4
9. Leadership: A person’s ability to influence others to pursue God’s mission for the organization. 1 2 3 4
10. Cultural relevance: Communicating truth in a way that people who are not like us understand it. 1 2 3 4
11. Prayer: Communicating with God. 1 2 3 4
12. Excellence: Maintaining the highest ministry standards that bring glory to God. 1 2 3 4
13. Evangelism: Telling others the good news about Christ. 1 2 3 4
14. Team ministry: A group of people ministering together. 1 2 3 4
15. Creativity: Coming up with new ideas and ways of doing ministry. 1 2 3 4
16. Worship: Attributing worth to God. 1 2 3 4
17. Status quo: A preference for the way things are now. 1 2 3 4
18. Cooperation: The act of working together in the service of the Savior. 1 2 3 4
19. Lost people: People who are nonChristian and may not attend church (unchurched). 1 2 3 4
20. Mobilized laity: Christians who are actively serving in the ministries of the church. 1 2 3 4
21. Tradition: The customary ways or the tried and true. 1 2 3 4
22. Obedience: A willingness to do what God or others ask. 1 2 3 4
23. Innovation: Making changes that promote the ministry as it serves Christ. 1 2 3 4
24. Initiative: The willingness to take the first step or make the first move in a ministry situation. 1 2 3 4
25. Other values: 1 2 3 4

Write down all the values that you rated with a 3 or 4. Rank these according to priority. The first six are your church’s actual core values.

 

Source: Aubrey Malphurs, A New Kind of Church: Understanding Models of Ministry for the 21st Century (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007), 195,196.