Core Values

The leadership of ESA recognizes the ownership and authority of God in all aspects of ministry.

The Bible is God’s inspired Word.  We believe it is true and is our authoritative call to action.

Prayer is primary and foundational in: 1) obedience; 2) ongoing fellowship with God; 3) the discernment of His direction for all ESA activities.

Our purpose is to glorify God.

  • We believe in the priesthood of all believers who stand in the gap between people in need and the God who loves them.
  • ESA’s role is to promote reconciliation and unity among churches, both denominationally and ethnically, and to mobilize them to fulfill God’s call to serve the poor and build His Kingdom.
  • Every Christian is called and gifted by God to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in both word and deed to anyone in need.

ESA seeks to be an agent for transformation of both the church and the community.

ESA will responsibly and ethically steward the resources that God provides.

  • ESA ministry staff, together with the Board, is called by God and participates in raising financial support.
  • ESA is a Christ centered ministry that depends on God’s provision and receives no government funds to meet its budget.
  • Both ESA staff and Board will be godly Christians committed to ESA, mutually accountable, and will work cooperatively with each other in ministry.
  • ESA staff leaders are to be intentionally equipped and renewed through training, retreats, conferences and as they connect with others in ministry in fulfilling their responsibilities.
  • ESA staff and Board members recognize and affirm the importance of being called to the ministry.

ESA networks, cooperates with and connects local churches and groups empowering them to meet community needs.

  • ESA brings a Biblical perspective to community issues and does not get involved in partisan politics.
  • ESA challenges and serves both churches and individuals in developing new leaders and ministries to people in need.
  • Since people in need will always be among us, the mission of ESA will never be completed.

ESA builds relationships throughout the community with churches, community groups, government agencies, and individuals.

  • ESA strives to be flexible and responsive to the community as we facilitate ministry and Christian values.
  • ESA recognizes and affirms cultural diversity in both the community and in the Kingdom of God.

Statements of Faith

NAE Statement of Faith

The staff and board of ESA/Love INC are required to believe in the Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE).  (Evangelicals describes who we are, not who we work with.)

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Apostle’s Creed

Our goal is to bring together a broad base of Christian churches in our community to better minister to the needs in our community.  We use the Apostle’s Creed as a measuring stick to help us identify unity in Christ.  We network with any Christian church that adheres to the Apostle’s Creed.

  • I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
  • I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
  • He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
  • He descended to the dead.
  • On the third day He rose again. 
  • He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
  • He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
  • I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

    Amen.

For those we serve:

We are often asked if people have to be Christians or go to church to receive help from us.  As always, legitimate need is the only requirement to receive help.