Core Values

Core Values


Woodward Avenue Baptist Church exists to continually reach people in The Shoals and beyond, equipping them to become fully devoted disciples of Christ.


Biblical Authority

We value the Bible as the final source of authority in all matters of belief and behavior (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

Cultural Relevance

We value excellence and innovation in ministry as crucial to remaining culturally relevant (1 Corinthians 9:22b-23).

Evangelism & Missions

We value the responsibility of individual Christians and the church working cooperatively with other churches to invite others in The Shoals and throughout the world to follow Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20).

Every Member Ministry

We value the gifts, calling and participation of every church member in ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12).


We value the family and honor the priority of family time through our ministries and activities (Ephesians 5:31-6:4).

Loving God

We value joyful, celebrative and expectant worship and intimate prayer as crucial for the well-being of each believer and the church as a whole (John 4:23-24; Luke 11:1-13).

Loving Others

We value authentic and loving relationships that welcome people into our fellowship (John 15:12).

Life Transformation

We value life transformation as the measure of a growing relationship with Jesus (Ephesians 4:13; Colossians 1:28).


We value the biblical principle of tithing as the best way to support the work of the church (1 Corinthians 4:2; Malachi 3:10).

Youth & Children’s Ministry

We value our youth and children and seek to provide ministry that prepares them to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world (1 Timothy 4:12).