Core Values

As Christians, we are free from the bonds of this world, however we are still pulled in various directions by the culture with which we are constantly surrounded. In order to fulfill our mission we must prioritize what is good and honorable to God. 

How do we define our core values?

Our core values are the priorities derived from how Jesus led His ministry in the New Testament.

Biblically-driven teaching

Everything Canaan teaches and does must be based on the Word of God. Our beliefs, policies, strategies, vision, relationships and ministries must be rooted in God’s Word despite any external pressures to compromise. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Authentic Worship

God is looking for followers who worship Him in spirit and in truth—with mind and emotions. God—not man—is the focus and center of worship. We are to respond to Him in relationship by expressing our love, praise, honor, and adoration through worship—not just on Sunday but  every day. (John 4:24-25)

Spirit-led Prayer

It is critical that we seek God first before we do anything else. We are here to serve Him and follow Him. As the Spirit leads us in prayer, we humbly ask for God’s direction, provision and protection as we seek to glorify Him and make disciples of the nations. (Ephesians 6:18)

SHAPE-based Ministry

We value that God creates everyone with specific design. We are saved by grace to accomplish works that God has planned for each of us.  We hold that our purpose and satisfaction in Christ are best lived out as we serve and accomplish those works He created us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Relational Evangelism

Over 90% of believers responded to the Gospel when they heard it from someone they already knew. We value the importance of building genuine relationships through which come powerful opportunities to have Gospel conversations. (John 1:40-41)

Devoted Fellowship

Membership matters. We are the body of Christ which means we are deeply committed to loving and serving one another.  There are over 30 “one anothers” in the New Testament that move us to unity, love, humility and encouragement. (Romans 12:4-18)

Intentional Discipleship

Sadly, most discipleship these days happens accidentally. Yet Scripture commands us to be purposeful with discipleship. That means we have a plan on how to reach the unsaved and grow them to maturity. Mature believers continue the legacy by discipling others. (2 Timothy 2:2)

What is our role as the church and Christ-followers?

For Canaan to live out our core values, we must covenant together to achieve certain tasks. The more our church family commits to serving together to accomplish these Spirit-led tasks, the greater the Lord’s impact through us in accomplishing our mission. As you pursue Christ, God calls you to fulfill a commited role in the Church. If every member of Canaan continuously lives out the Christ-centered commitments listed below, there is no limit to what God will accomplish through us.


noun. a solemn agreement between members of a church.
verb. to act together in harmony with the precepts of the Gospel.


What must WE accomplish together to live out our core values?
  • Facilitate corporate worship and prayer.
  • Intentionally teach the Word of God.
  • Facilitate the one anothers through Connection Groups.
  • Steward the generosity of our people.
  • Collectively proclaim the Gospel.
  • Mobilize believers on mission.
  • Train and equip volunteers in serving.


What must YOU accomplish together to live out our core values?
  • LEARN — Studying the Word of God
  • PRAY — Develop a vibrant prayer life
  • GO — Sharing the Gospel of God
  • WORSHIP — Expressing your love for God
  • LOVE — Fellowship and serving
  • INVEST — Intentionally discipling relationships
  • FOLLOW — Pursuing God's Calling
  • GROW — Transforming through obedience & character
  • GIVE — Grow in generosity


If you have any questions or would like to know more about Canaan, register for our upcoming First Step class.