Dr. Kelvin E. Turner, Senior Pastor
225 Hatton Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 |
Phone: 757.397.1671 | Fax: 757.397.5327 | churchoffice@zionbaptistva.com

Core Values

Core Values 300As members of Zion Baptist Church, our congregational identity is shaped by the values by which we live. Accordingly, we believe the following:

Biblically Centered
II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21
We believe that all Scripture is divinely inspired and serves as the final authority in all matters of belief and behavior.

Worship
John 4:23-24
We believe that the ultimate reason for our existence is to worship and glorify God. For that reason, we seek to provide a worship friendly environment for individuals and families.

Prayer
I Thessalonians 5:17
We believe prayer is a privilege and responsibility of every member of Zion Baptist Church. Through prayer, we experience the unleashing of God’s power, purpose, and presence in our lives.

Stewardship
I Corinthians 4:2
We believe that all that we have been given and all that we have has been entrusted to us by God. We commit ourselves to properly managing the time, talents, and treasures given to us, knowing that one day we will have to give an account of our stewardship.

Evangelism
Acts 1:8
We value the privilege to be called and charged by God to fulfill the great commission locally, nationally, and globally.

Family Friendly
Ephesians 6:1-4
We believe that we are called to build strong marriages and families where God's love is taught and lived out, where husbands love their wives as Christ loved the church, where wives respect their husbands, where the hearts of the parents are turned toward their children and the hearts of the children toward their parents.

Discipleship
Matthew 28:19-20
We believe that we are called to become like Christ through intentional growth and development by learning and practicing the will, Word, and ways of God.

Outwardly Focused
Philippians 2:2-4
We believe that we are called to go beyond the walls of the church to minister the love of God in a life giving way.

Growth
Ephesians 4:11-16
We believe that we are called to demonstrate the love of God as we grow personally, and as the church grows collectively. By so doing, we are able to honor God spiritually, congregationally, numerically, and financially.

Love
I John 3:14; John 13:35
We believe that we are called to live out our Christian witness as we demonstrate our love to God, our neighbors, and the world.

Forward Thinking
Luke 14:28-32
We believe that we are called to honor our past by intentionally challenging ministry practices to adapt and creatively meet the demands of the future.

Leadership
Matthew 20:2-6; Luke 12:48b
We believe that we are called to lead, respect leadership, and grow leaders for the kingdom.