Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

1. Think theologically. 

Embracing the call to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of Christ, we value programs that enable men and women to verbally articulate how Scripture, the historic church, and the gospel of grace influence their work.

2. Embrace relationships.

Embracing the doctrine of the incarnation, we value convening face-to-face conversations and building highly active networks and long-term relationships among peers across sectors.

3. Create good work. 

Embracing God’s own creation and the hope of the resurrection, we value programs that lead to Spirit-filled action and significant new projects that serve as a sign and foretaste of God’s coming kingdom.

Embracing the parable of the talents, we value programs that prove measurable returns.

4. Seek deep spiritual health.

Embracing Christ’s call to “come follow me,” we value listening to the Holy Spirit, practicing the classic spiritual disciplines, confessing our sins, and submitting to the reign of God.

5. Serve others sacrificially.

Embracing the call to costly discipleship, we value high levels of commitment, acts of sacrificial service and courageous public witness among program participants, staff, board and volunteers.

Embracing the call to justice, we value programs that serve the needs of the poor and marginalized in our work and communities.

Embracing the call to be the Body of Christ for the life of the world, we value programs that address our most pressing contemporary problems and adopt a broad, interdisciplinary perspective in solving complex and systemic issues. 


the-denver-institute-revA note on the logo: The logo features a seedling, which represents the first fruits of cultural renewal, which won’t fully mature until Christ returns, but nonetheless begins to grow today.

The logo was inspired by Revelation 22:1-2: “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”

The Heavenly Jerusalem will bring together both divine life (the river of life) and human work and culture (the great street of the city). In the middle of the city, God will give new life to his people, which is symbolized by the tree of life, whose leaves “are for the healing of nations.” It is our prayer that the programs of Denver Institute for Faith & Work might also be for the healing of nations and for the life of the world.