LOVE MATT 22:37-39
Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and all your mind” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself”. The ELCT praxis is based on this value directed by Christ. Loving the neighbour shall mean practising compassion by standing with and caring for people who are suffering-the poor, the vulnerable and marginalized and those that are victims of violence. We respect this value.
UNITY JOHN 17:21
The prayer of Jesus underlines Unity when he says, “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they all be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. ”It is also stated in Corinthians, “just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ (1 Cor 12:12). As members of the Church of Christ we are called to be one in Christ Jesus. Since differences among us express God’s Creation, we shall respect unity in diversity. Unity is the strength of the ELCT.
PRAYERFULNESS MK 11:24
TJesus said, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”. The ELCT draws its strength from prayers particularly to enable it meet the challenges in this stormy world. It is through prayer that hope sets in and fear disappears. Praying for one another and praying for the Church is a prime value. We shall pray for everybody and for the work of the ELCT.
ACCOUNTABILITY 1 COR 4:1-2
“This then is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful”. Accountability is a value for all people but it is fundamental especially for those entrusted to govern and to manage the Church. As staff of the ELCT, we are responsible stewards of the resources and responsibilities that God has entrusted to us. We are committed to transparency in our aims, processes, decisions, and use of resources and to being accountable to the people we serve, partners, donors and our stakeholders.
DIGNITY AMOS 5:24
“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever- flowing stream”. Dignity goes together with doing justice to others. Each and every person is created in God’s image,is gifted with talents and capacities, and has dignity, irrespective of social status, gender,ethnicity, age, ability, or other differences. We shall respect the dignity of every one including women, people with disabilities and people of other faiths. Respect to the whole creation is also fundamental. It includes our dedication in the promotion of ecological justice.