January 31, 2008 8 Comments
In an effort to make some changes at our church we have decided to develop a mission statement for our church. We made this decision almost 3 months ago in a Deacon’s meeting [I know this in not the appropriate place but this is how our church works]. At that time the Chairman of the Deacon’s was to appoint a committee to develop the mission statement. I volunteered. 2 months later I volunteered again. I was frustrated by the delay….can you imagine a Baptist committee being slow to act? I decided to appoint myself a one man committee and started to work on the mission statement. This past Monday at our monthly meeting, I was asked to head the committee to be made up of one other deacon, the pastor, and one church member at large. I accepted.
Jesus gave all churches their mission statement in Matthew 28:18-20 (a.k.a. The Great Commission) so that is where I decided to start. I debated on whether or not to simply use these verses but chose not to primarily because we were wanting something that we could put on bulletins and signs and that would be easier for people to remember. The means I could try to restate these verses or go in a completely different direction. I decided to stay with the Great Commission and try to restate it. It is also my goal to present a strategy when I present the mission statement. I have a working draft of the mission statement. Tell me what you think.
Proposed mission statement: To equip Christ’s people to do His ministry.
In the strategy I plan to define Christ’s ministry and present plans on how we can accomplish the individual elements (broadly, not in detail). Right now I am thinking about building the strategy around the 5 purposes of the New Testament church – Evangelism, Discipleship, Ministry, Worship, & Fellowship.
Does your church have a mission statement? How does it affect how you church operates? Do you have any suggestions as to how to improve my mission statement or strategy?