Core Values

“Our beliefs form our values and virtues, and these define the Glory City Church culture.”

The following Glory City Church pillars, values and virtues (lived values), inspired and developed by Katherine Ruonala in her apostolic leadership grace across our movement, encompass the culture of our global family. The Glory City Network (GCN), our local churches and our various ministries and departments hold in unity to these distinguishing characteristics before God as a mandate on the earth. Across the GCN and within our churches, we carry various visions, missions and distinct Kingdom endeavours. What unites us across it all and undergirds our culture, is our mutual endeavour to express the following pillars, values and virtues as our global apostolic identity.

Our Pillars

Our foundation

When we prioritise intimacy and discover our identity, the knowledge and love of God will Increase on the earth.

Our Values

Defining Our Culture




Our Virtues

How We Live Out Our Values

IntimacyWe live to know God, and to make him known

God created humanity from the superabundance of his love, for the purpose of relationship with Him and with each other. All that we do in the Christian life should be the love response to knowing the Father. God did not create humanity to fix a problem or fill a void, but to have a family. Intimacy with Him is our highest value and calling. The Kingdom of God is a family.


  • Koinōnia (Fellowship with God and with each other)
  • Relational Revival, meeting in church groups and doing Kingdom life together.
  • Worship / Prayer / Encounter

“And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” – John 17:3

IdentityJesus is the truth about God and the truth about us

This is our core identity statement. When we understand the nature of God through Christ alone, and rightly define ourselves through Christ alone, as those conformed to His image (Romans 8:29), we will live fruitful and healthy Christian lives, walking with the Father.


  • Knowing who God is (The Goodness and the love of God)
  • Knowing who we are (Righteousness and sonship)
  • Living as the Priesthood of all believers who know their Father

“As he is so also are we in this world.” – 1 John 4:17

“He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” – Colossians 1:15

IncreaseBeing born again is not our end goal, but rather our entrance into the increasing Kingdom of God!

We believe that as we grow in intimacy with God and in understanding of our identity in Christ, the Kingdom of God will increase on the earth.

The increase of the Kingdom of God is our family business. When Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God He often spoke of it’s increase on the earth, from the time of His resurrection to the time of His return.


  • Increasing of the Family of God in our personal lives, our community and the world. (Evangelism / Discipleship)

  • Increasing the Kingdom of God in the spheres of society that we find ourselves in, as salt and light to the earth and carriers of God’s government as kings and priests.

  • Increasing in character and love. The Kingdom of God is as much about this as it is about the power of God.

“Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” – Isaiah 9:7