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Mission & Vision - Focusing Our Ministry (Part 1)

Posted by Pastor Stephen Baum on

What is a Mission Statement?

A mission statement is a declaration of purpose—it expresses the reason for our existence as a church. At the same time, a mission statement acts as a focal point on the horizon of our life and ministry as a church. It is that purpose toward which we are constantly and steadfastly moving.

For any church, a mission statement must reflect God’s redemptive work in the Gospel and the Great Commission.

Why a Mission Statement?

Great Commission ministry has always been our heart’s call as a church. It is helpful to revisit how we communicate that consistent call in the context of a changing culture. As our church body grows and changes, clarifying our mission will help us maintain a clear and constant focus on Great Commission ministry.

What it Means. . .

  • “We exist to glorify God . . .

- There is no greater purpose on earth than to give God the glory He deserves.

- “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” (Ps 57:5, 108:5)

- Jesus said, “I glorified [you, Father] on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” (Jn 17:4-5)

  • “. . .by making disciples of Jesus Christ. . .”

- Jesus called disciples to himself, and commanded them to make disciples.

- “And he said to [Peter and Andrew], ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’” (Matt 4:19)

- “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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” (Matt 28:18–20)

  • “ . . in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

- Making disciples of Jesus of all nations, to the glory of God, cannot be done in our own strength. Salvation is God’s work that he calls and empowers us to do.

- “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses . . .” (Acts 1:8)

- “ . . .our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.” (1 Thess 1:5)