We are convinced that :
1. Spiritual growth, godly living and theological formation are to be prized more highly than skills and pragmatics. The legacy we most care about is changed hearts, minds and lives. We’re convinced that vibrant spirituality and true biblical theology undergirds all good Christian leadership and ministry practice.
2. A healthy Reformed-evangelical theology will create an urgent desire to see both the lost saved and the saved matured (for what we take to be ‘Reformed-evangelical theology’, see what we believe).
3. The key ‘input’ activity (and a key outcome) of any ministry is the biblical word of God prayerfully brought to bear on the lives of men and women. We expect a healthy church to be one where this word is not only publicly preached and taught, but where every member is taught and equipped to seek the salvation and edification of those around them by speaking Christian truth in love — in a multitude of ways and contexts.
4. The rationale for devising effective structures and systems in church life is not only to facilitate the multiplication of speaking the word, but to multiply and mobilise the godly response that the Spirit produces through the word of God — such as prayer, generosity, evangelism and acts of love to one another and the world.
5. All Christians should accept responsibility under God for building the body of Christ (Eph 4:14-16), and should take whatever action is open to them within the bounds of Christian freedom to seek the salvation and edification of others (1 Cor 10:31-11:1). As those who are set aside to teach, train and exercise oversight, church leaders should lead the whole church in meeting this responsibility. Accordingly, leaders should take the initiative in constantly reforming and reshaping ministries in order to see as many people as possible saved and edified. This will mean evaluating the ‘fruit’ (or outcome) of our various ministries and practices, and changing whatever we are free to change (according to Scripture), for the sake of others.
6. By gathering together gifted leaders from Reformed-evangelical churches, we can provide significant help and encouragement to church leaders: in their theological understanding of the task and nature of ministry; in the spiritual growth of their gospel heart and ambition; in improving the quality of ‘input’ activities; in assessing the effectiveness of those inputs (i.e. the outcomes); in understanding basic ministry and leadership principles; in devising better strategies; and in becoming more fruitful leaders.
7. Beyond fundamental biblical convictions concerning the nature of church, we do not hold to any one-size-fits-all strategic model or church structure. However, we do believe there is merit in providing theologically robust, proven ministry models to leaders, and training and coaching in those models.
8. Measuring ‘growth’ and ‘progress’ in ministry is complex and always limited by our human perspective; all the same, we are convinced that we should expect the word of God to be fruitful, and that there is value in humbly measuring growth and progress, especially over time.
9. It is worth seeking to get beyond potentially superficial differences sometimes important but not central differences (of terminology, manner, style, language, history, culture, denomination) in order to facilitate godly working relationships with any and all who share our theology and convictions.