Our core values, informed by the bible and the shared values of Youth With A Mission are outworked in our local YWAM Sydney Newtown community through the following:
We believe that the entire world is in the process of being renewed by God and this happens through the personal and corporate spiritual practices of prayer, worship, discipleship, the sharing and application of God’s word to every area of our lives, and embracing the whole gospel for our whole beings so that we might be continually transformed from the inside out.
Jesus said that the world will know us by the way we love one another. Hospitality, in it’s truest form, is more than just a warm hello and cup of tea. The ministry of welcome, inclusion, and care is a powerful force that ushers in the Kingdom of Heaven amongst us, giving our neighbours the best possible chance of meeting Jesus in our midst.
Creation itself was an act of extravagant generosity toward mankind, and God has never stopped being generous since. Generosity is more than just an exchange of dollars; it’s a state of heart and a state of being that’s a direct result of God’s continual generosity toward us. There are many forms generosity takes, including being generous with our faith and God’s story (evangelism), generous in our grace toward one another (healthy relationships), and generous with our time, talent, and resources (serving others).
People are not designed for isolation and independence but hard-wired for relationships, family, and friendship. We believe that the pursuit of genuine community is the beginning of healthy homes, churches, schools, businesses, cities, peoples, nations, and even our environment as a whole.
We are concerned for the poor and marginalized and seek to find ways to connect the resources of our city with the needs of her people, both on a local and global scale through various works of justice, compassion, and advocacy. This does not come exclusively through Christian programs and ministries, but also through personal responsibility, civic initiative, and shared movements among the Body of Christ.
Equipping of the saints.
Jesus didn’t leave a “ministry” assignment that is exclusive to apostles, prophets, pastors, and missionaries; he left it to his people—the Body of Christ. It’s the role of church leaders now to “equip the saints” (believers) for the work of the ministry in the world (Ephesians 4:11-13). Faith, work, and life-in-general were never meant to be segregated. We seek to inspire every man, woman, youth, and child in our care to learn what it means to do the work of the ministry through whatever vocation or sphere of influence they find themselves in and equip them for a genuinely missional life outside the walls of the church.
The pursuit of unity.
We believe that city transformation—and nation transformation—is possible, but not without the pursuit of unity. We refuse to be in competition with like-minded organizations or local church movements and believe that as we work together (along with community and civic groups, local businesses, and others) we can help provide maximum room for God to move and have his way among our city, our nation, and to the ends of the earth.
Family as a revolution.
Every person was created for and within family. Sometimes this is expressed through our biological relationships; other times it’s expressed through cultivated relationships. When family is functioning according to the ways of Jesus, it becomes life-changing, life-giving… and revolutionary.
Simple, powerful beauty.
We believe that Jesus is beautiful and that when his beauty is on display through humanity (and the things we create and cultivate), people can’t help but to be drawn to him. And when we see the beauty of Jesus, we can’t help but love him.
While peacekeeping is passive, peacemaking is active. We are a community committed to pursuing peace for our relationships, our city, and the earth.
Love that looks like Jesus.
Jesus is the most complete picture we have of God (Heb 1:3; Col 1:15), and he came to show us exactly what God looks like: Love (1 Jn 4; Jn 1; Jn 3). Jesus is the Person we filter our theology through. When we read the Bible, we do so through the lens of Jesus and the help of Holy Spirit. When we approach God the Father, we come through Jesus. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit together are the essence of Love, and Love is what all believers enter into when we say ‘yes’ to Jesus.
Movement & multiplication.
Our measure of success cannot be defined solely by “bums on chairs” or “staff on our books,” but instead is marked by the movement of the gospel in our lives and communities through authentic, growing relationships, creativity and intentionality in everyday missional living, and the planting and multiplication of new initiatives through those “sent out” from among us.
We exist not for ourselves, but for our neighbours. “Each of us should please our neighbours for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself.” —Romans 15:2-3