Operating Principles

1. Honor God in everything we do.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with
all your soul and with all your strength."
Colossians 3:17 "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God
the Father through him."

2. Treat others with the same dignity with which we desire to be treated.
Leviticus 19:34 "The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were
foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God."
Matthew 7:12 "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the
Prophets."

3. Rejoice in each others joys and weep with each others sorrows.
Isaiah 35:10 "...They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake
them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away."
Romans 12:4-5 "For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same
function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."

4. Respond with unconditional love and mercy, tempered with justice.
Leviticus 19:18 "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as
yourself. I am the Lord."
Romans 12:10 "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."

5. Honor each person as God’s creation regardless of their earthly situation.
I Samuel 2:8 "He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has
them inherit a throne of honor."
Galatians 3:26-28 "So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ
have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

6. Be good ambassadors for Christ in the way we conduct ourselves and our business.
Psalm 112:5 "Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice."
Philippians 1:27 "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come
and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one
for the faith of the gospel."

7. Expect each person to work to the extent that they are able.
Genesis 3:19 "By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken;
for dust you are and to dust you will return."
II Thessalonians 3:10 "For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he
eat."

8. Actively seek God and obey.
Proverbs 3:5-7 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to
him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil."
Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For
everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."

9. Seek wisdom from God first and foremost to resolve differences.
Psalm 91:1 "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty."
II Timothy 3:15-16 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in
righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

10. Submitting to God in thought, word and deed, with humility seeking God’s timing and provision.
Deuteronomy 11:18-19 "Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them
on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the
road, when you lie down and when you get up."
John 5:19 "Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he
sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does."