By definition, a hierarchical system is defined this way: "A system or organization in which people or groups are ranked one above the other according to status or authority." Within that system there can become tons of expectations concerning how a person is expected to behave and interact.
In some hierarchical environments, groups of "untouchables" can form which stifle the progress of the people of God. This term is used here to describe a level of elitism in which a person has become unapproachable due to his or her status or perceived rank; or a subservient and views themselves as less than in light of their superior counterparts. Our hearts are simply fixed on creating a Christ-centered environment that blocks these issues.
We have clear and defined leadership, structure and order. Here are some highlights of what our environment looks like.
- We believe in elevating Christ above men.
- We believe in apostolic order.
- We believe in setting stable, master teachers in place.
- We believe in accountability and godly oversight.
- We believe in honoring the gifts and callings in the lives of others.
- We believe in building covenant.
- We believe in building friendships that honor one another.
- We believe in helping others advance in the things of God.
- We believe in reciprocal learning. In other words, we believe there is something we can learn from everyone and that everyone has something they can offer in the Lord.
- We believe that the greatest teacher understands how important it is to remain teachable.
- We believe in covenant relationships and strengthening our covenant community.
- We believe in helping others succeed in whatever God has called them to do.