As an introduction to new folks at Evergreen and a reminder to long-time members of our community, we want to take some time working through our values and beliefs. Part Five continues with one of our core values: History
Why is history… story… one of our core values? This one more than any other makes people scratch their heads.
There’s an article on the Youth Specialties website that explains it really well… here’s an excerpt:
“The biblical text isn’t some dusty, ancient book of cute stories written long ago in a far off land. The Bible is the very story of God at work in our lives. It’s the very essence of what God is doing in our lives today. “In the beginning” was the first line of the story of God’s work in this world, and the story has not yet reached “The End.” God desires each person to become part of this story. We have to teach teens that in a world that values the superstar, the leading man, and the hero, God invites us to become one member of the cast of the greatest story ever told. God tells us to forsake the glory of our own story and become part of the glory of a heavenly story. God asks teenagers whose worlds revolve around themselves to become characters that will be immortalized not for who they were, but for the role they played. God asks the lonely soul to join a band of characters millions wide and centuries deep. God asks each member of the cast to share billing with such great names as Moses, Elijah, Peter, Paul, and Jesus. I believe God created us to connect with stories for the sole purpose of drawing us into God’s story.”
We also want to see ourselves not as a disconnected community, but as a group of people who stand in the stream of something much larger than ourselves: the Church down through history. As a result, we want to look back to that history and draw inspiration, resources and role models from it, while recognizing that we aren’t necessarily bound by it.
“History” is a short-hand way of saying we value people’s story (how they came to be where they are at in life), we value the story of the Church (how we as a people seeking God came to be where we are at) and we value God’s story (the story of our fall and His persistent, costly seeking of us). And with all three of those aspects, we are eager to see our place as a community in those stories, and what we can add to them.