Vision/ Mission / Values
As a charity made up of around 20 member projects there are lots of visions, missions and values that constitute LCCT. Vision and mission statements can be powerful rallying points for action, and the projects within LCCT each have unique and focused areas of work for which their vision and mission statements speak. LCCT as a whole is focused on the bigger picture and on creating a mutually supportive environment for that work, as such our vision and mission statements below reflect this. Details of the individual projects visions, missions and values can be found by visiting the LCCT member project directory.
The values on which LCCT is founded are rooted in the Christian tradition, however, as the statement below points out, values are always ‘relationally dynamic’ and a point of conversation rather than ‘statically imposed’. Our values are an ongoing conversation and we aim to update this area of our website as we continue the conversation around what values root and sustain us in our work.The best way to know what values anyone holds is to spend time with them and see how they hold themselves, treat other people, and engage with the world around them. If you’d like to see where our values lay, then please do join us at one of our assemblies or other gatherings.
The following statements are our current collective vision, mission and values statements...
The Vision of LCCT
The vision of LCCT is to see the transformation of Leeds
through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What this means:
We want to see our city and district of Leeds, and all within it, flourishing with freedom, justice and wholeness.
We want to see the positive transformation of...
- Relationships - with each other, with God, with the whole of creation
- Structures - from where they oppress, dehumanise and perpetuate injustice to where they create freedom, wholeness and equality
- Values - bringing life to individuals and communities
- People - ourselves and others to be the people God intends
We want to see these transformations in light of the good news of Christ Jesus, bringing release of those held captive, and restoring sight to those who are blind.
The Mission of LCCT
The mission of LCCT is to facilitate relationships which enable support, collaboration, development, learning and challenge for those involved in action and mission for the transformation of Leeds in line with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What this means:
- Pooling resources to support the work of missional projects
- Providing a structure for missional projects to pool resources and mutually support one another through the sharing of back-office functions.
- Facilitating mutual support between projects
- Facilitating opportunities for cross fertilisation, mutual support, and learning between people and projects working in mission in Leeds.
- Enabling a collective voice and action on issues of injustice in the city.
Rooted in the frontline experience of projects, speaking out and taking action (in collaboration with others) where and when appropriate.
Values and LCCT
Our values come from who we are, what we have experienced, and the stories that have shaped us. They are the interface between our abstract ideals and our constructed reality. They are both based on what we have valued in shaping us, and pushing us to embody all that is good into the future. Organisationally they are our bedrock; they both give us, and express, our common character. Therefore they need to be commonly owned and formulated. They also need to be held as being relationally dynamic, not statically imposed. Therefore our values need to be articulated by as broad a group of people involved in LCCT as possible.
Embodying our values underlies all our work and we consciously make an effort to reflect on them regularly when we meet. The Wordle below was produced through collating responses from one such conversation at an LCCT Assembly...
While undersatnding that our values are not fixed but dynamic and interrelated, we have begun to draw out key themes through our converastions. These themes are grouped and listed below. We hope to develop this area of the website in the future adding further reflections and content.
- Risk, Respect & Courage
- Freedom, Passion, Creativity & Responsibility
- Diversity, Unity
- Justice & Wholeness