Recently I was in a meeting with some volunteer leaders, reviewing CCSC's Core Values. These values say that while we are a coalition of Christian churches, we don't agree with one another on everything, and that's okay.
I really love this about CCSC. We provide a venue for people with different Christian perspectives to serve together. For people outside the institution of the church, this comes as a surprise: often I hear people outside share that they view the church as argumentative and not unified. That troubles me.
So do we have to agree on everything to work together? Do you and I have to vote the same way to feed the hungry together? Do you and I have to agree on what Jesus meant when he said, "I am the bread of life"? Are Jesus's words meant to be taken only literally or also metaphorically? Do we have to find consensus on these matters before we can come together as a Christian community to serve?
The answer is "no", we can agree to disagree and still work well together. What unites us is far more important than what divides us, and Jesus was clear that helping the poor, those who suffer, and the outcasts of society is a vital part of our faith walk.
Below are CCSC's Core Values. I'd love to hear your thoughts on them, so feel free to email me at email@example.com.