Vision & Mission

Statement of Faith

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and
    Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life,
    in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily
    resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in
    power and glory.
  4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy
    Spirit is absolutely essential, and that his salvation is received through faith in Jesus
    Christ as Savior and Lord and not as a result of good works.
  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and to perform good works.
  6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto
    the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
    (Adapted from the Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals.)

Statement of Principles

  1. Life First is an outreach ministry of Jesus Christ through His Church. Therefore, Life First, embodied in its personnel, is committed to presenting the Gospel of our Lord to women, men and families with unplanned pregnancies—both in word and in deed. Commensurate with this purpose, those who labor as Life First’ Board members, Advisory Council, Trustees, Staff and Volunteers are expected to know Christ as their Savior and Lord. Life First is committed to seeking the best for those affected by an unplanned pregnancy. While we understand that ultimately, the mother has to make her own choice, we believe that abortion is destructive and that, given the means, most would choose life for their unborn babies, despite the difficulties this choice would bring.
  2. Life First is committed to providing its clients with accurate and complete information about both prenatal development and abortion.
  3. Life First is committed to integrity in dealing with clients, earning their trust and providing promised information and services. Life First denounce any form of deception in its corporate advertising or individual conversations with its clients.
  4. Life First is committed to assisting women to carry to term by providing emotional support and practical assistance. Through the provision of God’s people and the community at large, women may face the future with hope, and plan constructively for themselves, their babies and families.
  5. Life First does not discriminate in providing services because of race, creed, color, national origin, age or marital status of its clients.
  6. Life First does not recommend, provide or refer for abortion or abortifacients.
  7. Life First offers assistance free of charge at all times. Life First is committed to creating awareness within the local community of the
    needs of pregnant women and their families, and of the fact that abortion only compounds human need rather than resolving it.
  8. Life First does not recommend, provide, or refer single women or men for contraceptives. Married couples seeking contraceptive information should be urged to seek counsel from their pastor and physician.
  9. Life First is committed to maintaining Biblical sexual purity, which includes abstinence until marriage, and monogamous heterosexual relations within the covenant of marriage

Statement of Values

The ministries of the Life First-supported centers in Manassas, Warrenton and Woodbridge are performed with these values in mind:

1. CENTRALITY OF THE GOSPEL

Because every person is sinful and separated from God, and the only hope for both this life and the life to come is in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we seek every opportunity to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ. We do this through words of truth and deeds of mercy to those facing unplanned pregnancies, to men and women who have been harmed by abortion, and to individuals needing encouragement to live a chaste life.

2. IMPORTANCE OF PRAYER

Because God has commanded us to make our needs known to Him in prayer, and because He has promised to hear our requests and to answer our prayers in accordance with His will, we commit every aspect of the ministry to prayer and seek every opportunity to pray with and for clients, volunteers, staff, board members, churches and pastors.

3. SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE

Because each individual is created in the image of God, all human life is sacred and to be protected from the moment of conception. In the ministry of the pregnancy center, we emphasize protecting the unborn while caring for men and women involved in crisis pregnancies. We believe there is a life affirming resolution, including marriage, single parenting and adoption, available for every crisis pregnancy.

4. BIBLICAL STANDARD OF CHASTITY

Because God has ordained marriage, has blessed sexual relations within marriage, and has forbidden sexual relations outside of marriage, we seek to uphold the biblical standard of chastity as expressed in abstinence for single persons and fidelity for married persons.

5. ROLE OF THE FAMILY

Because God ordained the family and gave the responsibility for the care and training of children to parents, we seek to uphold the role of parents in the lives of their children. Therefore, we encourage clients to make wise plans for their own children and to seek the wisdom, help and support of their parents in planning for the future. In addition, we encourage clients to consider marriage and the establishment of a family as one God-honoring solution to a crisis pregnancy.

6. PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY

Because God holds each person accountable for his or her own actions and decisions, we encourage all with whom we have contact in ministry to accept personal responsibility for their actions and decisions and to rely on God for the grace to bear the consequences for past mistakes and the wisdom to make God-honoring choices in the future. In addition to dependence on God, we encourage a healthy self-reliance by encouraging work in center programs, in the home and in the larger community. As a ministry, we practice accountability through our membership in, and adherence to the standards of, Care Net, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), Heartbeat International and other related organizations.

7. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CHURCH

Because God has established the church to care for and minister to His people, we encourage all with whom we have contact in ministry to maintain a close relationship with a local church. In addition, we seek every opportunity to serve the local church and to partner together with local pastors and congregations in the ministry of the gospel.

8. THE COMMUNITY

Because God has ordained governments and has placed each person in a larger community; we seek to establish positive working relationships with both the public and private sectors of the larger community to be a resource for them and to make appropriate referrals on behalf of our clients. We always seek to operate within the letter and spirit of laws applicable to our ministry.

Our Commitment to Care and Competence

  • Clients are served without regard to age, race, income, nationality, religious affiliation, disability or other arbitrary circumstances.
  • Clients are treated with kindness, compassion and in a caring manner.
  • Clients always receive honest and open answers.
  • Client pregnancy tests are distributed and administered in accordance with all applicable laws.
  • Client information is held in strict and absolute confidence. Releases and permissions are obtained appropriately. Client information is only disclosed as required by law and when necessary to protect the client or others against imminent harm.
  • Clients receive accurate information about pregnancy, fetal development, lifestyle issues, and related concerns.
  • We do not offer, recommend or refer for abortions or abortifacients, but are committed to offering accurate information about abortion procedures and risks.
  • All of our advertising and communication are truthful and honest and accurately describe the services we offer.
  • We provide a safe environment by screening all volunteers and staff interacting with clients.
  • We are governed by a board of directors and operate in accordance with our articles of incorporation, by‐laws, and stated purpose and mission.
  • We comply with applicable legal and regulatory requirements regarding employment, fundraising, financial management, taxation, and public disclosure, including the filing of all applicable government reports in a timely manner.
  • Medical services are provided in accordance with all applicable laws, and in accordance with pertinent medical standards, under the supervision and direction of a licensed physician.
  • All of our staff, board members, and volunteers receive appropriate training to uphold these standards.
  • Clients are treated with kindness, compassion and in a caring manner.
  • Clients always receive honest and open answers.
  • Client pregnancy tests are distributed and administered in accordance with all applicable laws.
  • Client information is held in strict and absolute confidence. Releases and permissions are obtained appropriately. Client information is only disclosed as required by law and when necessary to protect the client or others against imminent harm.
  • Clients receive accurate information about pregnancy, fetal development, lifestyle issues, and related concerns.
  • We do not offer, recommend or refer for abortions or abortifacients, but are committed to offering accurate information about abortion procedures and risks.
  • All of our advertising and communication are truthful and honest and accurately describe the services we offer.
  • We provide a safe environment by screening all volunteers and staff interacting with clients.
  • We are governed by a board of directors and operate in accordance with our articles of incorporation, by‐laws, and stated purpose and mission.
  • We comply with applicable legal and regulatory requirements regarding employment, fundraising, financial management, taxation, and public disclosure, including the filing of all applicable government reports in a timely manner.
  • Medical services are provided in accordance with all applicable laws, and in accordance with pertinent medical standards, under the supervision and direction of a licensed physician.
  • All of our staff, board members, and volunteers receive appropriate training to uphold these standards.