Values and Beliefs
Together Network is a values-based ministry. Our values are based on the values, nature and character of God and Scripture. They are the non-negotiables that we live by, and operate by, as a ministry.
Honour the Trinity and their works – We are committed to loving and worshipping the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are committed to sharing the good news of the Trinity’s love, as shown in Christ’s work on the cross, and to the advancement of the Kingdom of God on earth.
Honour and love one another – God is love, and we were created in His image, so we are learning to walk as love in this world. Love for the Trinity and for each other is a foundational value that our ministry is built on. We choose to love and honour them, and each other, in our attitudes, actions, responses, and words.
Worth – Mankind was created in God’s image and Christ died for them, therefore we recognise that each person has inestimable worth and we will treat them accordingly.
Equality – God created both male and female in His image – equal in His sight – with complementary abilities, gifts and thinking, therefore we see people as equal, and treat them accordingly.
Diversity – God created mankind as diverse, and we celebrate that diversity and uniqueness. We recognise and cherish the expression of God that is in each life.
The fruit of the Spirit – We are committed to growing and exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit in our lives – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Support – We need each other and we choose to be there for each other and support each other in both our practical and our spiritual life. We champion others and refuse to allow the enemy to tempt us to view them as competitors in life or ministry.
Faith – We are women of faith – faith in God, faith in each other and faith that moves mountains and achieves the seemingly impossible.
Humility – We are women of humility. While we recognise our gifts, talents and abilities, and honour them, we also recognise that all our gifts come from God and that He gave us the ability to learn and gain skills.
Generosity - We are women of generosity in all areas of life – we give willingly of our gifts, time, finances, love etc.
Peacemakers – We are women who are committed to build healthy relationships and to work through issues and disagreements according to Scriptural principles.
Family – We are members of God’s family and we value all that Kingdom ‘family’ embodies, trusting each other, believing the best, being helpful, serving each other etc.
Accountability – We are accountable to God and to each other. This accountability comes from our family relationship in Christ, not through hierarchy.
Joy and fun – Joy and fun are a part of Kingdom life and we are women who live from joy, and love having fun.
Righteousness and holiness – We have been made righteous and holy in Christ and therefore we live in the light of that truth.
We believe in the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Gen 1:26,27; Matt 28:19; Eph 4:4-6)
We believe in the incarnate Son: Jesus Christ, fully God, fully man. (Matt 1:23; John 1:1-3,14)
We believe in the continuing ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who empowers the worship, service, and witness of God’s people in all their activities. (John 14:26; Acts 1:8; Rom 8:26; 2 Cor 3:17)
We believe in God’s creative power and that the world and its people were created, and are sustained, by the Word of God’s power. (1 Cor 8:6; Heb 1:1-4)
We believe in the Scriptures as the holy and inspired Word of God. It was given to mankind to empower them by its instruction and correction, giving them the strength to take the right direction and lead them deeper into the path of godliness, so that they will be mature, and fully prepared servants of God, able to fulfil any assignment that God gives them.(2 Tim 3:16)
We believe that God loves all people and offers redemption and restoration by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, who alone, through His life, death and bodily resurrection, redeems us from sin and reconciles us to God. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11)
We believe in the essential unity and equality of all believers, young and old, female and male, who together form one Church, diverse in form and expression, of which Christ is the Head. (Gal 3:28; 1 Cor 12)
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, beliefs, or economic status (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31)
We believe that the wonderful news of God’s love needs to be shared with all people and is a priority on God’s heart. (Psa 105:1; John 3:16; Matt 28:19-20)
We believe that’s God’s heart is for the redemption of all things; i.e. the ultimate deliverance of the children of God, and all of nature, from the destructive consequences of the Fall. (Rom 8:20-25; Acts 3:21; Eph 1:14)
Theological Differences –Theology, simply put, is ‘the study of God’. Theological beliefs are formed through several things – our understanding of the nature and character of God, our understanding of Scripture, our church background, personal life experiences, and more. All these things contribute to how we view God and understand Scripture.
You may at times find that you have different viewpoints on theological issues than other people in this network. That is normal and is to be expected, as we are all on a journey of progressive revelation and growth. By all means have convictions, but also know that convictions can change with increased revelation, understanding and life experience. For more understanding on how to work through differences in perspective in a healthy way, Rob Packer’s article Processing Revelation In The Body Of Christ gives a great foundation.