We will focus on leveraging what we have and giving ourselves away
This focus directly impacts how we create and manage all aspects of our operations. Whether we have a large or small space, an abundance or lack of funds, a large volunteer base or small, we will use whatever we have to be generous in meeting the needs of the whole person and the whole community.
We will focus on healthy relational partnerships
With so many needs how does one choose to partner with some organizations over others? We believe God has already gone before us and guided the development of our current relational partnerships and impacts whether they will be a part of The Heart of the City. Though organizations might be meeting tangible needs or have some aligned missions, we will not partner based on this factor alone.
We will focus on local first
The local and immediate community will be the inital focus of The Heart of the City. As we look at partners we will evaluate them based on the work they are doing in our local community. This does not limit a partner having a bigger scope (regional, national, international), however, our focus will be on the local community work and impact.
We will focus on the most vulnerable
The Heart of the City will serve a diverse range of people. Amongst those we will commit to serve the most vulnerable first (mind, body, soul). We seek to do the hard work of identifying, pursuing, and meeting the needs of those who are truly vulnerable and marginalized.
We will focus on partnership health
We desire that The Heart of the City is a healthy environment for all partners. This means we will not sacrifice partnership health for increased program scope. Although delivering as much service as possible is important, we want to make sure that we always have a healthy foundation before adding programs and/or other relational partners.
We will focus on the dignity and worth of every human life from conception to death
At Grace Chapel and, by extension, at The Heart of the City, we believe that every person is precious and created in the image of God. We believe the measure of an institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person. We acknowledge and celebrate that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of the moral vision for society as well as our community. We believe that life must be respected, appreciated and protected from conception until natural death. As such, we affirm that every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency.