We want to be known for the depth of our love.
- Love and positive relationships are central to how we define ourselves and assess our success.
- Our love strives not to judge, not to condemn but to show ‘mercy to the righteous and the wicked’; to be patient, kind, rejoice in truth, persevere and give what is best.
- Our love fuels passion for the homeless, anger against injustices and urge to challenge indifference.
- Love for others drives our integrity, honesty and authenticity.
We are hopeful people with hope for all people.
- We believe in the innate and undiminishable value of everyone we meet.
- We believe in a God who brings healing. We believe Jesus can still do miracles (including physical, instant miracles) but that holistic, sustainable, inner healing comes through strong personal relationships and time.
- We want everyone connected to us to flourish and be growing in the likeness of Christ.
We strive for
We find God’s reflection in every human.
- We believe our humanity flourishes when we are in deep connection with others. We are neither superior nor inferior in our attitudes to others.
- God made us all equal. We approach our tenants as equals, we encourage churches to do the same.
- We approach all relationships searching for the reflection of God, seeking to learn and expecting to be blessed.
- We believe in collaboration and partnerships: statutory, voluntary, private sector, Christian, other faiths.
With Open ears, we listen to Jesus in the poor.
- Jesus was asked 80 questions but himself asked 300.
- Listening allows people to be heard, to feel safe, valued and understood. It brings healing.
- Listening empowers; it is central to how we relate to each other as a network, with church partners, with tenants and how we approach conflict.
- After listening, the Bible repeatedly tells us that Jesus moved into action: The phrase: ‘And when he saw…’ or ‘And when he heard…’ occurs over 9 times in the gospels. Real listening drives action.
When we are active then our faith comes alive. (James 2)
- We are fundamentally about taking action, embracing risk and change.
- We are people who say ‘yes’ and respond to Jesus’s call to ‘go’ and to ‘cast off into deeper waters.’
We focus on
Everyone has strength and strengths to use.
- We see people’s strengths: We want to use staff, partners, churches and tenants strengths rather than be distracted by their ‘needs’, ‘risks’ or ‘faults’.
- Jesus said: ‘I confer on you a kingdom.’ At our heart we trust. We therefore want to embody empowerment:
- We believe in shifting power (and therefore decision making) to the disempowered. This includes financial power by inspiring (not condemning) Christians and others to share their wealth with the poor.