Family Empowerment Centers of Chicago exists and operates based on five primary values centered around 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 nations. 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 a parent’s lifestyle and moral decisions in caring for their children will affect multiple generations either positively or negatively. 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, making mankind dependent on one another for resources. Mankind is obligated to share assets (wisdom, finances, time, strength, etc.) between one another and in the care of all the world’s 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, when applied in a conscientious manner, produce hope 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, it 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 tasks than 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