Indian Bible College Core ValuesThe Indian Bible College is modeling and teaching five core Biblical values to our students and they need to experience them. These are all universal for any church but have unique relevance within the Native church. 1. Unity In Christian Community— The world is to recognize Christ by our unity (John 17:20-23) and the way we love each other (John 13:34-35). Therefore, we need to be fiercely committed to extending truth and grace to each through healthy confrontation, forgiveness, and reconciliation. The way we treat each other in the church is the first thing many lost people look at. True community will recognize the possibility of being multi-cultural and intergenerational, both within the body and on the leadership level.
Native peoples prioritize the group over the individual so community is a cultural value. Many Native tribes prioritize “harmony” and unity as a cultural value. Unfortunately the churches are very fractured and divided. “Navajos have a hard time with forgiveness…The idea is if we leave it alone long enough it will phase out…This is where a lot of Native churches have trouble…not a lot of people go through the process of forgiveness”–Irvinson Jones, IBC alum & Navajo pastor. Download One-Anothers Handout >>
2. Relational Disciplemaking & Spiritual Mentoring— Events don’t effectively change lives, truth flowing through relationship does (1 Thess. 2:8). It is impossible to effectively teach obedience (Matt. 28:20) from a distance or in a crowd; it requires a trusting relationship. A healthy church needs individuals that are pouring their lives into those that are less mature for the sake of their spiritual growth. Native peoples are “all about” the relationship; “spiritual mentoring” is inherent within the culture as illustrated by the training of medicine men. Unfortunately, most Native churches do LOTS of events (i.e. services, camp meetings, etc.) but don’t have any plan for relational disciplemaking and intentional spiritual mentoring.