Mission and Core Values

Church InteriorBroad Street Ministry (“BSM”) is a broad-minded Christian community that practices radical hospitality and works for a more just world through civic engagement.

Broad Street Ministry was established in May of 2005 as a Pennsylvania 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

The BSM Way: Our Core Values

Compassion –  we attend to the suffering of everyone who is in need of solace

  • Compassion ––  from com– “together” + pati- “to suffer”

Gratitude – we are thankful to have the opportunity to receive all who enter with grace and good will

  • Gratitude –– “good will” from the Middle French gratitude, from Medieval Latin gratitudinem “thankfulness”; related to grace (from the Old French grace “pardon, grace, mercy; favor, thanks, elegance, virtue”)

Redemption – we hold the possibility for the return of physical, emotional health and spiritual wholeness for all

  • Redemption  –– “deliverance from sin,” from Old French redemcion, and Latin redemptionem “a buying back, releasing, ransoming”

Respect ­– we express positive regard to everyone we encounter

  • Respect –– late 14c., “relationship, relation; regard, consideration,” from Old French respect and directly from Latin respectus “regard, a looking at,” literally “act of looking back (or often) at one”.

Curiosity – we strive to be life-long learners who question our assumptions and believe you can’t have faith without doubt

  • Skepticism –– see skeptic: 1580s, “member of an ancient Greek school that doubted the possibility of real knowledge,”
  • Curiosity – late 14c., “careful attention to detail,” also “desire to know or learn”

Commitment – we look for ways to deepen our relationships with one another by creating a vibrant community

  • Commitment ––  late 14c., “to give in charge, entrust,” from Latin committere “to unite, connect, combine; to bring together,” from com- “together” (see com-) + mittere “to put, send” (see mission). Evolution into modern range of meanings is not entirely clear.

Hospitality – we work to create an atmosphere where everyone feels a sense of belonging, and where no one is treated like a stranger

  • Hospitality ––  late 14c., “act of being hospitable,” from Old French hospitalité, from Latin hospitalitem (nominative hospitalitas) “friendliness to guests,” from hospes (genitive hospitis) “guest”; related to hospitable: 1560s, from Middle French hospitable, from Latin hospitari “be a guest,” from hospes (genitive hospitis) “guest” (see guest). Guest: Old English gæst, giest (Anglian gest) “guest; enemy; stranger,” *hosti-potis “host, guest,” originally “lord of strangers” — Greek xenos “guest, host, stranger;”

Integrity – we act in accordance with our beliefs, values, and mission

  • from Latin integritatem (nominative integritas) “soundness, wholeness,” from integer “whole”
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