Our ValuesFamily Shield Ministries holds the following values
The work of Family Shield Ministries is driven not only by our mission, but also by what we value. Here is a list of those things that are preeminent among our values. We value:
People–All human beings are made in the image of God and are therefore valuable ends in themselves, not just instrumental means to other ends that are valuable.
Discipleship–Spiritual growth and training is accomplished in the context of relationship, both formal and informal, near and far, for the purpose of building Biblically knowledgable Christians, internally (spiritual formation) and externally (impact on others). This is the goal of the Great Commission.
The Life of the Mind–Skill in thinking is very important to us. Ideas matter, and persuasion using sound reasoning is an effective tool God uses to reach the lost. Ongoing education is an intrinsic good.
The Body of Christ–The work of the Kingdom is a corporate, cooperative effort of the Body, each part working with the other parts for the health of the organism. We promote strategic cooperation with other Christian groups working for the Kingdom, and networking to increase our total effectiveness.
Orthodoxy–This is our content base. We stand in the mainstream of historic Christianity.
Cultural Relevancy and Tactical Soundness–In the public square we seek to contextualize our message in a way that is most meaningful and most persuasive to the ones listening, seasoning our words so that we know how to respond to each person. This means we often take an “” approach with those who have not yet gained a respect for the authority of Scripture.
Faithfulness over Results–Our first call is to be faithful to Christ, who alone can bring the increase. Results are a secondary, not primary, measure of our legitimacy.
Honesty and Integrity–We seek to be above reproach in the way we function as an organization, and above reproach as individuals. We want to be attractive and virtuous people in the eyes of others.
Stewardship-STR is committed to wise stewardship of the gifts (talents, spiritual gifts, time funds, resources, and opportunities) entrusted to us. We seek to use them to full STR’s mission.
Excellence and Professionalism–As ambassadors for Christ, we give care to all aspects of the presentation of our organization. The attention we give to details–graphics, grammar, punctuation, physical appearance, follow-up, customer satisfaction, etc.–demonstrates our commitment to be attractive for Christ.
Accuracy, Clarity, and Even-handedness–We take truth seriously. Therefore, we handle information carefully, and don’t twist or distort it to advance our own point of view. We have no use for sophistry that makes our arguments more persuasive at the expense of the truth. We make every attempt to avoid religious language that may have little meaning to the listener, or may isolate us culturally from those we’re trying to reach.