Mission Re Do-Do
I am beginning to see a pattern in the church though. We're told that we shouldn't care what kind music we use in service, we shouldn't care what kind of service we have, we shouldn't care about the kinds of bible classes we do, we shouldn't care about mission statements, we shouldn't care about things we do that aren't biblical. I'm just beginning to not care now. Here's the two statements, I still like the old one better.
Building relationships in Christ for now and forever.
Lets look at the Mission Statement,
people of St. XXXX are committed through Word and Sacrament ministry Word and Sacrament, as Lutherans we know that this is the way that God has chosen to interact with us. Apart from the Word and Sacrament, no relationship can exist with Christ.
to make disciples of all ages in the congregation, community, and world. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19. This ending is biblical and good, recognizing that those close to us also need to hear the Word.
The good things then about our mission statement, it's biblical, specific, and reflects Lutheran traditions by referencing our response to Gods love, not our works, and proclaims the absolute requirement of Word and Sacrament to accomplish what Christ has commanded.
The bad, it's not short enough for a bumper sticker, but Mission Statements aren't suppose to be. They are to accurately sum up the purpose of an organization.
Now for the proposed Mission Statement
Building relationships, Who is doing this, and why or how? Silence here could be promoting our works, or believed works in this area.
in Christ Christ is mentioned, and pretty much centered in the statement, nice touch. Unfortunaly that is the only Christ centered connection. "in Christ" in this context is only modifying the type of relationship that is being built. The word "relationship" is actually the focus and subject.
for now and forever. More modification on relationships. I like how it expresses the eternal.
The good, it's short, and will fit on a bumper sticker, it also creates a nice image in people's minds. Socioligist and marketers tell us that people in modern America are seeking relationships and connections with others. So from a marketing standpoint this should appeal to non-members who may hear it.
The bad, it's short, so short that it will fit on a bumper sticker. Mission statements aren't required to be short. They are to tell who, what and how of an organization's purpose, with length of statement only being a secondary concern.
Summary: The proposed statement is not a proper mission statement. It would be a great ad campaign, or even an official Outreach Slogan of the church. The older one gives a fuller and descriptive statement. It should be kept for this reason. Recommend adopting the proposed statement as our official outreach or evangalism slogan.