Almost every church has a mission statement. We are Mission Driven. Our mission statement is supported by a strategy and a process. We have not always been focused on accomplishing our Mission Statement. For a long time it was for us a very nice value or belief statement that had little impact on our daily life. Today we are increasingly becoming driven by our mission statement. Here it is:
Our purpose is to bring people to Christ,
develop them to Christ-like maturity,
empower them for a meaningful ministry in the Church
and a life mission in the world
in order to magnify God.
Our mission statement is based on two important directives Jesus gave to his disciples: The Great Commandment & The Great Commission.
One day as Jesus was teaching at the temple in Jerusalem, he was asked what the greatest commandment was. His answer combined two existing commandments into what we know as The Great Commandment. He said,
"'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:37-40)
After his resurrection from the dead and before he ascended into heaven, Jesus appeared to his disciples - and others - on many occasions. On one occasion Jesus gave his disciples some instruction regarding their future activity. This is known as The Great Commission. He said,
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20)
Like many other churches we think these two passages are critical to understanding the mission of the church. In these two passages we discern 5 purposes that form the substance of our mission statement. Each of these purposes are explained below.