Our Vision & Values

Our Vision


Our vision is that Family Empowerment Centers is to be a leading Christian organization in urban America having multiple locations that have the influence of a powerful organization and a parish focus whereby God is glorified by what we do, how we do it, and whom we do it for as we strengthen urban families that are facing greater challenges.


  

Our Values


Family Empowerment Centers of Chicago exists and operates based on 5 primary values from which this organization states that we are about Empowerment, Community, Faith, Justice, Education, Family, Reconciliation and Partnership. Those values are:

All people matter to God

Mankind was created in the image of God and as creator God has a great love and compassion for mankind. Mankind was created by and for God and therefore they have value and worth. God is fully aware of mankind's diversity and has a love for all people from all the nations of the world. Because of this great love for mankind, God wants to transform lives by setting people free from the consequences of a fallen state and empower them to live lives of hope. References: Genesis 1:27, 2:7, 12:3, Psalm 72:17,18, Isaiah 61, Luke 4:16-21, Ephesians 2:4-10

All people are interdependent on one another

People have a responsibility to care for one another as individuals, families and communities. The marriage relationship is the most significant interdependent relationship outside of one’s relationship with God. The relationship between the parent and child is the next most important interdependent relationship as it is clear that a parent’s lifestyle and moral decisions in caring for their children will affect multiple generations for either the positive or negative. As families interact with one another around common values and beliefs they will want to worship God together. The diversity of mankind creates areas of strength and weakness between individuals whereby it is inevitable that mankind is dependent on one another for resources. Mankind is obligated to share assets (be it wisdom, finances, time, strength, etc.) between one another and in the care of all the worlds people. References: Genesis 20:5-6, Amos, Matthew 5:13-16, Luke 24:47, Acts 1:8, 4:34-35, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, Ephesians 5:22-23, 6:1-4, Hebrews 10:19-25, 1 John 9-11

All people are in a continual process of growth


People are spiritual, physical, psychological and social beings that are affected by the continual process of life itself. People when wholly nurtured tend to effect change around them through their life example and their willingness to stay within the natural growth process. References: Romans 12:21, 2 Corinthians 4:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, 2 Thessalonians 2:13

Judeo-Christian principles are life changing


These principles produce hope when applied in a conscientious manner through love, faith, grace, mercy, integrity, and justice. The application of these principles is much like the seasoning of salt. Applied in any way other than that which is conscientious creates a great distaste. References: Matthew 5:13, 1 Timothy 3:16, Hebrew 4:12, 6:19

Healthy partnerships mobilize available skills and resources creating opportunity


Through the diversity of creation and the life process some people have a greater ability to perform certain task than do others. One's ability to accomplish certain tasks often creates resources that are unavailable to others with skills in different areas. Through unity and partnership the strategic sharing and distribution of resources will create a more balanced family, community and world. References: Acts 2:44-45, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31