What is the Calling, Core Values and Vision of Navigators UK?
This article unpacks ‘the Core’ of the Navigators, which was first expressed in 2001. It describes the mission to which God is calling the Navigators (Calling), the central motivations that are written on our hearts (Core Values) and an impression of the outcomes we hope for (Vision). This resource is for anyone who wants to know what makes Navigators tick, and for any Navigators looking to clarify their vision.
This is the Calling, Core Values and Vision of The Navigators, what we collectively refer to as the Core.
By Calling, we mean the mission to which God is calling us.
By Core Values, we mean those central motivations that are written on our hearts. They define who we are and permeate everything we do. They guide our journey. These Values need to be taught and applied in context, in ways that keep them fresh and alive.
By Vision, we mean an impression of the outcomes as we faithfully pursue our calling. This is our prayer. It paints a picture that is descriptive rather than definitive.
To advance the Gospel of Jesus and his kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of labourers living and discipling among the lost.
Our Core Values
In our humanity and weakness, we value…
The passion to know, love and become like Jesus Christ
The truth and sufficiency of the Scriptures for the whole of life
The transforming power of the Gospel
The leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit
Expectant faith and persevering prayer rooted in the promises of God
The dignity and value of every person
Love and grace expressed among us in community
Families and relational networks in discipling the nations
Interdependent relationships in the Body of Christ in advancing the Gospel
…to the glory of God.
We see a vital movement of the Gospel, fuelled by prevailing prayer, flowing freely through relational networks and out into the nations. Workers for the Kingdom are next door to everywhere!
What characterises this movement?
A heart for the whole person …
climates of grace …
compassion for the vulnerable and broken …
sacrificial unity embracing diversity …
cultural relevance and sensitivity …
interdependence with others in the wider family of God …
transformed men and women, fragrant with humility and the aroma of Christ.
They are marked by a deep engagement with and obedience to the Scriptures as the Word of God. They believe the promises of God. Both personally and in committed communities, they seek to know and pursue the purposes of God.
Labourers and leaders are emerging, with an increasing passion for Jesus Christ. They demonstrate faith and courage as they live and move among their friends and families. As spiritual parents, they model authenticity and relevance.
Ordinary people, in many walks of life, are joyfully leading integrated lives. They live as fruitful insiders among the lost. There is perseverance in the face of hardship and suffering. Around the world, many are coming to faith. As they become established in discipleship, some grow to be foundational for further generations. The Gospel spreads naturally and powerfully, as believers share Christ … life upon life … family to family.
Crossing cultures into new cities and nations, teams of mobile pioneers intentionally proclaim and embody the good news of Jesus Christ, in such a way that transformed communities multiply. These communities are bringing joy and hope to their surrounding environments as relationships are healed and justice increases. Indeed, the lost and unreached burn in their hearts, as they move the Gospel into the nations.
The leaders of this movement, developed and empowered for God’s service, live out a growing commitment to Christlikeness. They are dependent upon the Holy Spirit. New generations of leaders are emerging, rooted incarnationally in their local and national contexts. An international leadership community brings focus, alignment and energy to their movement. These leaders are clearly committed to long-term impact in generational ministry.
Basis of Faith
We, the Navigators, accept the revelation of the triune God given in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and confess the historic faith of the Gospel therein set forth. We here assert doctrines which we regard as crucial to the understanding of the faith, and which should issue in mutual love, practical Christian service and evangelical concern.
- The sovereignty and grace of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
- The divine inspiration of the Holy Scripture and its consequent entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
- The universal sinfulness and guilt of fallen humanity, making them subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
- The substitutionary sacrifice of the incarnate Son of God as the sole and all sufficient ground of redemption from the guilt and power of sin, and from its eternal consequences.
- The justification of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ crucified and risen from the dead.
- The illuminating, regenerating, indwelling and sanctifying work of God the Holy Spirit.
- The priesthood of all believers, who form the universal Church, the Body of which Christ is the Head and which is committed by his command to the proclamation of the Gospel throughout the world.
- The expectation of the personal visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory.
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