The ethos of Open Door Exmouth is the motivation for all our work – it is the reason why we do what we do. It is to work together to extend Jesus’ model of the kingdom of God on earth by living out a lifestyle of love, acceptance, truth, justice, mercy and forgiveness, according to his teaching. We are inspired by the message, life and example of Jesus through which God’s unconditional love for all people is expressed. We are founded on Jesus’ commandment to ‘love one another as I have loved you,’ and His call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick and afflicted, and to comfort the victims of injustice (Matthew 25: 35-40).
Our motivation comes from our Christian faith, but we are very clear that our role is not to impose that faith on our customers or clients. We will respect, work with, and support everyone who comes to us whatever their faith (or none) and whatever their lifestyle. We commit ourselves to the standards of the Faithworks Charter as we serve others in our community work and seek to model trust.
We hope that this ethos is demonstrated and authenticated in the way we as staff and volunteers treat each other, and in the way we treat those we seek to serve. Our ethos or motivation, and therefore our relationships, are rooted in our faith in Jesus Christ and in his love, which compels us to serve others, putting their needs first, regardless of race, religion, or creed.
As Christians, we acknowledge God’s revelation in Christ and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord according to the Scriptures. We aim to discover and follow God’s guidance through prayer and study to the glory of the One God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In this way, Open Door Exmouth operates on the understanding that our activities are simply an outworking of our faith; that our ‘doing’ derives directly from our ‘being’. There is an essential and indissoluble link between the inner and the outer, the private life and the public face of Open Door Exmouth. The link between who we are and what we do cannot be broken.