In the rush of closing the Lenten Season and Easter, it would not be difficult for FCC to lose focus of its new mission statement. Last fall, the search committee collected your feedback and ideas, and from those cottage meetings formed a new mission statement for the congregation: First Christian Church is a church of service, working for wholeness in a broken world:

1) Proclaiming the reign of God

  1. a) Taking the gospel to the world
  2. b) Moving for wholeness in a fragmented world

2) Loving God and neighbor

  1. a) Welcoming all
  2. b) Serving others

3) Making disciples

  1. a) Inviting all
  2. b) Reflecting faith in God

4) Fostering community

  1. a) Deepening friendships
  2. b) Gathering at Christ’s welcome table
  3. c) Seeking God’s direction
  4. d) Nurturing spirituality

(prayer and other spiritual disciplines)

Wow!  Did we say that?  Surely did!  Now what do we do with it?  Bury it in the files of an FCC computer? Surely not! This is the clothing you put on every day of every week of every month. This statement should inform your governance, the ways and means your committee system works. It should be the acid test for absolutely every program and ministry that FCC undertakes. Presently, it is part of the profile which your search committee uses to select ministerial candidates. The mission statement is a tool that will help you focus program/ministry goals and objectives to achieve them.

I know it may sound silly, but memorize the first line of your mission statement: We are a church of service, working for wholeness in a broken world. Start every bible study, every meeting, every fellowship event, every worship service with these words of mission. If you do that, it will become your mantra, your prayer, and yes, the very fiber of this community of faith. Blessings as we live into our mission.