Core Values and Declaration

Our Core Values: Worship, Outreach, Relationship and Discipleship


Core values are the values we intend to live out in all that we do at Hickory Flat Church.  Core values will be lived out and become part of our DNA as a church and as a people. Through all that we do, we will worship God, reach out to others, build relationships that matter to God, and be intentional about making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.



The Hickory Flat Declaration


Hickory Flat United Methodist Church exists to:

Glorify God,

Follow Christ,

Lead others to Christ.

We will Glorify God in all we do –


1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”


Philippians 1:9-11 - “And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10 to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11 having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.”


Every thing we do, every word we say, every breath we breathe is meant to Glorify God.


We will Follow Christ in all we do –


1 Corinthians 11:1 – “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (NIV)


Romans 15:5 – “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus.”


Following Christ means that we acknowledge him as our leader.  We commit ourselves to follow Christ.  As the good shepherd we trust Christ to lead us.  We ACT as followers of Christ.


We will Lead Others to Christ –


Matthew 28:19-20 – "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”


We will be INTENTIONAL in Sharing God's Love.


We will NOTICE the needs of the world around us and respond to those needs following God's instructions to Love one another.


We will be VIGILANT in the way we live and always seek ways to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world today.


We will be INTERESTED in the lives of people around us, those we know and those we do not yet know.


We will take every opportunity to TELL others about Jesus' Love and how Jesus' Love has changed our lives.


We will live our lives as EXAMPLES of Jesus' Love in the world today!


We will lead others to Christ as we INVITE people to follow Jesus.  Through our invitations we will lead others to discover a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and welcome them to be a part of the Christian Community at Hickory Flat.