University Christian Fellowship's Values

Every Christian group has a set of values that express its unique priorities and culture. These values give UMCF its distinct mission:

1. Pursuers of God. The depth of God's relationship with us is inexhaustible. Therefore, we seek Him and wait expectantly for His presence in all that we do. We will always attempt to be "A Loving Campus Ministry Thirsty for God." We are thirsty for Him because He is our living water and we will die if we do not drink of HIM! Philippians 3:8 & John 15:4-8

2. The Bible. The Bible is our final authority over opinions, dreams, revelations, visions, and any other authoritative source that we may look to for direction. At our core we attempt to be Biblical Christians. Our approach to life will always be shaped by the counsel Scripture gives us. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

3. Worship. We worship God because He is worthy of worship. Our spirits were created to worship Him. The closest we ever come to complete fulfillment as human beings is while worshipping Him moment by moment, day by day. The better we get to know Him, the more we feel compelled to worship Him. He is our God and we are His people. Psalms 29:2, Psalms 95:6-8a, Psalm 100, Hebrews 12:28.

4. Unity. Our brothers and sisters are not our enemies. Therefore, we will attempt to always seeking to preserve a bond of peace. We will love what Jesus loves; our brothers and sisters. This means we will love all Christians, even ones that are in other churches and part of other groups. Ephesians 4:3-6

5. Compassion and Mercy. We will always strive to accept into its midst any seeker or believer who is sincerely attempting to find the Living God, who is attempting to walk in obedience to God and His word (the Bible), and who is in submission to its spiritual authority. God's mercy should always triumph over judgment. John 8:1-11, James 2:12-13

6. Equipping. God calls and enables believers to express the talents, gifts, and ministries that He has set aside for them. The orientation of all ministry is toward the integration of Biblical truth into practical everyday living, that must impact our campus and beyond. It should never be limited to individual improvement or self-fulfillment alone! Ephesians 4:11-13

7. Relationship. Caring for people is our highest priority after submission to God, because the purpose of the cross was the redemption (the setting "free") of individuals. To the best of our ability we will treat each person with respect, dignity, and loving patience. We will always seek what is best for their life and growth. Romans 12:9-13, Colossians 3:12-14

8. Generosity. We are stewards of God's gifts and resources. This means that when God directs us, we attempt to be willing to give away what we have. We will risk the security of current success in order to advance the kingdom on earth in greater ways. We give, to get, to give! Matthew 10:7-8, Matthew 13:44

9. Simplicity and Realness. We want to be "naturally supernatural," avoiding behavior that draws attention away from God and to ourselves. Simplicity affects; our worship style, how we pray for the sick, how we minister to the poor, how we carry out discipleship, how we teach the Bible, and so on. We will be "real" with each other, avoiding superficial masks, always attempting to walk in the light. 1 John 1:5-9, I Corinthians 2:1-5, James 3:13-17

10. Risk-taking. We are willing to let people make mistakes as they grow in their maturity and gifting. We know that gifting develops in an environment of trial-and-error, so we are willing to be patient with people's weaknesses and failures while they learn. Galatians 5:22-23, Hebrews 11:8-10