Core values are essential to healthy organizations and provide the very frame upon which they are built. Below are values my guys are after at Midwestern. I do my very best to discuss and reward these values as often as possible. They’re also very helpful in job interviews and training.

What are some of your core values?

Integrity: Integrity is fundamental not only to our divisions success but also to your Christian witness. Trust, the backbone of effective teams, is built upon the belief that other team members are people who tell the truth, do the right thing, and can be counted on.

Humility: Great leaders are marked, among other things, by genuine humility. They count others greater than themselves, remembering that their spiritual gifts were given to serve others. They keenly understand their own weaknesses and depend on others to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.

Passion: Ferdinand Foch famously said “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” He’s right. Passion is at the very heart of leadership and will be at the heart of our team. Our team is driven by a contagious vision to see Midwestern train ministers for the church. When our team members talk, others should be inspired, energized and compelled to act.

Intelligence: Great leaders are also marked by their intelligence. They pride themselves on understanding their particular discipline and consistently look for opportunities to improve. They assume that there is almost always a better way to do something and know the difference between working hard and working smart.

Creativity: Often overlooked, creativity is one of the most important characteristics for leaders. Our team members work with each other to find creative, outside-the-box solutions to problems and opportunities.

Commitment: Risk, uncertainty, and fatigue are all guaranteed aspects of anything worth doing. Because of this, team members must be absolutely committed to finishing strong and doing what it takes to reach our goals.