In this video, Aaron Ivey describes Austin Stone Worship’s five foundations and how those values play into everything we do.
Here are a few of Aaron’s main points:
- The Word of God is our most valued truth.
- Every single one of us has the role of being a disciple maker, of developing things in other people.
Aaron Ivey: If you guys have been around with us for awhile, you know that there are five core values that we, as a team of artists that serve the church, cling to.
The first one is togetherness. We value being together and working together, locking arms and saying, “Hey, I could do this if for whatever reason God told me to go do this without you, but I definitely would not want to do it without you. I hope God never asks me to do it without you because I love you.” We’re together. Togetherness is a value.
The second one is a value for The Word. The Word of God is our most valued truth. The Word of God is the place that we find truth. It’s the place that gives us direction, guidance, and counsel, so we esteem the the Word of God in everything that we do.
We also value excellence. We want things to be done with excellence: excellence in mind, excellence with heart, excellent in spirit, excellent in everything that we do. We strive for excellence.
We value development. Every single one of us has the role of being a disciple maker, of developing things in other people. You’re not exempt from that if you’re not on staff at a church. Every single one of us is called to the Great Commission. That is to make disciples, to develop people.
The last one is engagement. We value both engaging with the Lord and engaging with other people. When we lead worship, when we work in production, when we jump around with sweaty middle-schoolers teaching them songs about the Lord, what we’re doing is engaging the heart of the Lord and we’re engaging with the people around us.