TO MAKE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST AND GIVE OURSELVES IN HIS SERVICE
A mission statement is important to the church’s life and ministry. Our mission statement gives us purpose and provides us with the direction in which we would journey in faith. We remember our mission statement and remind ourselves of its direction so that over time it might shape our ministry and keep us faithful to our calling.
Central to our calling as Christians is an awareness of what God has done and is doing in Jesus Christ. The transforming power of God’s love in Christ is the living power that makes us disciples and equips us to share the Good News with others. The scriptures teach us that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). Because Jesus lives, he is at work in the church also, making us agents of God’s reconciliation in the world. Isn’t it extraordinary that God would entrust such a message and such a mission to us? Through the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to share the good news of God’s reconciling love in Jesus with a world hungry to know him. We rejoice that God is at work among us and pray that he would bless our efforts to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” (the United Methodist mission statement adopted April 28, 2008).
The second half of our mission statement reminds us that our service in the church is an offering and a gift to God. We offer ourselves in union with Christ’s offering for us. We join in his perfect sacrifice of love. Church ministry is about the love of God in Jesus Christ or it is about nothing. Therefore our ministry is about giving ourselves in love and offering ourselves as a living sacrifice in God’s service (Romans 12:1-2). It is when we experience the perfect freedom of giving ourselves in love that we come to know the full joy of our salvation and what it means to be the body of Christ.
May we remember our mission statement, that we might be shaped by it and that God’s love in Christ might be perfected in us.