Friday, October 17, 2008

Our mission

This fall, our church has been asking the question, "What is the mission of our church?" In other words, what is the target, the overarching purpose, the unifying statement, that describes who we are to be and what we are here to do? What has Christ entrusted to us that will determine our faithfulness to Him on the day of judgment? (Mt. 25:21)

Developing a sense of God-given purpose can greatly help the maturity and development of a church. In his book Comeback Churches, Ed Stetzer notes, "Comeback leaders agreed that having a clear and compelling vision was foundational in the transformation of their churches. Casting the vision with other leaders and with the congregation was an integral part of their leadership. Through vision casting, a sense of unity developed as other leaders embraced a new sense of urgency about church growth and reaching the lost" (p. 45).

After much prayer, research, and discussion, our leaders have arrived at the following mission statement:

"Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who love God and love people, by reaching and teaching everyone."

We're now beginning to share this statement with our congregation and collectively thinking through ways we can apply it practically.

We believe this statement is faithful to Christ's Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20), while giving a snapshot of a true disciple and a method of how discipleship must be done. We believe it is short enough to be memorable, yet long enough to say something of value. In the coming weeks, I would like to break it down into smaller parts, examining one phrase at a time.

Our prayer is that God would be pleased to use our church and this mission statement to advance His kingdom for His fame and glory.

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