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The Board of Directors of Iowa District West recently adopted a set of core values and a mission statement to guide our district over the next few years.  The Core Values will not surprise many of you because they are fundamental beliefs we share as Christians.  Core values do not change over time or culture.  In the next few months, I will elaborate on the meaning of each of these core values.

Core Values of Iowa District West

  1. We worship the Trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit;
  2. The Word of God is the only infallible source of doctrine and practice;
  3. God works in His Church through the Means of Grace;
  4. There is a unity in the Gospel;
  5. God has given us our neighbors as a way for us to express our love for Him.

We worship the Trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

Baptized in the name of the Triune God, we are members of Christ's Body and are gathered into the one family of God with all others who share that baptism. In this family, the Church, our lives are joined also with past generations of Christ's people, as together we listen to the Word of God. All of us have been nourished and instructed by the Holy Scriptures, which tell of God's work in His people Israel and in Jesus the Messiah-the story of God's love for the world. We have been nourished and instructed also by the Church's ancient creeds-Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian.

These Creeds guide and focus our own efforts to tell of God's mercy, enacted in Jesus as the hope and life of the world. The people of God are called to worship the Trinity in unity and the unity in Trinity. Our worship and our work does not focus on us but rather on God who is present for us and with us through His Word and Sacraments. We publically confess what we believe about God in the three ecumenical creeds.

These universal creeds help us maintain a vertical relationship with past generations of Christians. What we believe and teach today, is the very same message that was believed and taught a hundred years ago. This is when many of our Iowa District West congregation we just getting started. There is a peace that comes from this kind of stability. When the world all around us seems to be changing every day, we as the people of God treasure the changelessness of God.

The Creeds also point to a horizontal relationship between Christians today. Christians are connected to one another. There is one Holy Christian Apostolic Church for which Jesus died. For this reason these creeds are often referred to as the three ecumenical Creeds. They have never been the private possession of any one set or group of believers but to all Christians. We confess what God’s Word teaches—nothing more, and nothing less.

Based on our Core Values and the supportive relationship we have with all of you, we believe that Iowa District West is:
On a Mission to Support Christ’s Mission!

These Core Values and this Mission Statement are to guide us over the next three years. Every decision we make will be tested to see if it is in-line with our Core Values and fulfills the Mission of Christ.

So please join us, On a Mission to Support Christ’s Mission!