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Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It...

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The mission of our church is to experience and extend the life-changing love of Jesus in our homes, workplaces, and communities.

If you’re paying attention, you may notice that we’ve made some minor tweaks to our wording, changing the language just a bit to make our goal clearer, and adding “homes, workplaces, and communities” to make it more tangible. But our overall focus remains the same: we want to be a community where Jesus is deeply changing us, and we want to be “salt” and “light” so that the world around us experiences the love of Jesus and is changed as well.

But why do we even need a “mission statement? If you feel like it’s all a bit too corporate and packaged, like when you hear someone talking about “forward-thinking development of synergies so that we can create innovative solutions for impactful leadership,” I understand where you’re coming from. If our statement never becomes more than a bunch of words we repeat on Sundays and print on bulletins, then it really is just marketing window-dressing.

But here’s why I think a mission statement is worth it. We lose focus. With our hectic schedules and the nearly endless demands placed upon us, we can forget that our lives are about more than ourselves—that we are on this earth to glorify God and participate in his mission to the world. And we can forget that church is not a performance, or a therapy group, or even an educational institution: it is a body of people who gather and work together for God’s glory and mission.

Our mission statement, if we use it rightly, can help keep us on task. It reminds us what we’re about and it invites us to evaluate how we’re doing. As we are involved in Trinity, are we being changed by the love of Jesus—are we finding ourselves moved by the gospel to repent; are we growing in love? And as we are being changed, are we being moved outward so that we find ourselves seeking to show the love of Christ in our homes, our workplaces, our communities? These are the questions we must keep asking ourselves and each other. And this is what continually pushes us to grow and improve.

For us to be the church God calls us to be, we need to be unified in focus. I believe that our “success” (for lack of a better word) rests on the extent to which each of you, as members of this church, own this mission. So let me ask you, are you on board? Are you committed to the ongoing work of being changed by Jesus’ love? And are you willing to give yourselves to the project of extending this life-changing love into your homes, workplaces, and communities?

If you are, what can we as the leaders of the church do to help you experience and extend the life-changing love of Jesus in your homes, workplaces, and communities?

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