HarvestNet International is a partnership of churches, ministries, and businesses that have chosen to work together in God’s harvest field.
While the doctrinal statement of HNI is an orthodox, evangelical statement of faith , there are some distinctives or values that are held by the network. Here is a list of the seven core values that guide the network.
The Presence of God
HarvestNet International values the intimate presence of the living God. HNI believes God is a relational God who delights in meeting with His people and is delighted when His people spend time with Him. HNI believes worship and prayer are integral to creating an atmosphere where the presence of God breathes forth power and reveals the glory of God on earth. HNI believes in the the omnipresence of the Holy Spirit and also that human beings are stewards of His presence when He chooses to meet with His people in a significant way. HNI believes that Jesus is worthy of extravagant worship and that He invites people to join Him in His ministry of intercession. It is in being with Jesus that believers catch His heart and are empowered to intercede and act so that His Kingdom will come on earth as it is in Heaven.
The Kingdom of God
HarvestNet International values the increase and expansion of the Kingdom of God. HNI honors Jesus Christ as the worthy King and seeks to surrender to the governing laws, morals, principles, power, and values of the Kingdom of God. HNI seeks to take the Kingdom of God “from the secret place to every place.” The Kingdom of God is central to all of Christ’s teachings that He taught His apostles and can be summed up in the following in the following words: Kingdom, character, and culture; and in the following values: to love God, love people, live in faith, live obediently, and to live with an eternal focus.
The Word & Spirit
HarvestNet International values the Word of God in the Scriptures as the final authority in all matters of faith and practice; sound doctrine is essential to the church. Along with the Scriptures, God also leads people through the subjective voice of the Holy Spirit. Some churches that stress the work of the Holy Spirit neglect the necessity of sound doctrine. Other churches seem to focus on sound doctrine but neglect the work and voice of the Holy Spirit in this present age. HNI strives to hold to both the authority of the Word (Scripture) and the authority of the voice of the Holy Spirit.
HarvestNet International values authentic relationships as the backbone of its network within the context of the rest of its values. This authenticity implies that its members want to know each another in their weaknesses and in their strengths, and grow with each other as they pursue advancing the Kingdom of God together. HNI members believe organizational structure is valuable to the degree that it serves and facilitates these Kingdom relationships. The idea is form serving function; the organization serves the organism. At its heart, making disciples implies making a spiritual family or sons and daughters through the gospel of Christ. Therefore, HNI members value spiritual fathering and mothering as essential for healthy Kingdom-family growth.
HarvestNet International values doing ministry as a team. No single individual has everything the body of Christ needs. Each person needs the gifts of others. HNI realizes that we are better together; consequently, HNI works in teams in its ministries, in multiple regions, and across generations.
- Ministry Teamwork: HNI values all the ministry gifts as found in Ephesians 4 and the spiritual gifts described in 1 Corinthians 12: 8-10 as being essential to the fulfillment of God’s purpose for the church on earth. It is imperative that these gifts work together and that those blessed with a gift or gifts honor and value the gift or gifts that others also have.
- Regional Teamwork: To see a region or nation discipled and transformed requires members of the body of Christ in that region or nation to work together as a team to advance the Kingdom of God. HarvestNet International is a ministry that supports the work and mission of local congregations and their collective regional expression.
- Multigenerational Teamwork: In 1 John 2:12-14, three generations of spiritual maturity are described: fathers and mothers, young men and women, and children. HNI recognizes and values these seasons of life’s spiritual journey and believes that God intends for all three generations to work together in teamwork. HNI values the wisdom of those who have been spiritual fathers and mothers to others. HNI also values the creativity, energy, and zeal of its young men and women. HNI recognizes the need to perpetuate the things God has taught and seeks to birth, train, and equip spiritual children.
HarvestNet International believes the Kingdom of God is a place of health and vitality. Healthy leaders, healthy relationships, and healthy organizations reproduce healthy disciples.
- Personal Health: Healthy leaders make healthy ministries. Personal health includes how leaders manage their time, their finances, their physical bodies, their ethics, and their work and rest. Personal health includes commitment to time with God in worship and prayer, the study of the Scriptures, and in receiving input from others. Personal health includes devotion to the ongoing training and personal growth that are necessary to better serve those in their employment or under their care.
- Relational Health: Personal relationships—marriage, family, friends, and work relationships—need to be healthy. For relationships to thrive and grow, they must be free from one person seeking to control or impose his or her will on another. For relationships to be healthy there must be freedom of communication between people. Each must clearly hear another’s honest perspective.
- Organizational Health: Organizational Health: Clear vision, measurable goals, and an energized staff are all important to organizational health. Organizational health is not too dissimilar from the personal health category mentioned above. To be healthy, it matters how organizations manage their time, their finances, and their staff care. It is also imperative that healthy decision-making processes are implemented and carried out with diligence. Healthy organizations have good organizational structures that serve the mission, vision, and values of the organization.
We believe the local church is God’s primary vehicle for advancing the Kingdom of God. Therefore, HarvestNet International values existing local churches and the continued establishment of new local churches as the primary means of Kingdom expansion. All partners of HarvestNet International are required to demonstrate their support of local churches by being a committed, submitted, and serving member of a local congregation.