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Sep 16, 2012

Why have a mission statement anyway?


I was talking to an old friend the other day who asked about what I was getting up to in my job at the moment, and I told him that the following day I was preaching about Christ Church’s new mission statement and some other things like that. A few days later he came back to me with a question. “I’ve been thinking about what you said the other day,” (I have to confess to being a bit taken aback by that comment) “why do churches need mission statements? I can understand it for businesses, but for churches I don’t get it”...

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Posted by: DavidW

I was talking to an old friend the other day who asked about what I was getting up to in my job at the moment, and I told him that the following day I was preaching about Christ Church’s new mission statement and some other things like that. A few days later he came back to me with a question. “I’ve been thinking about what you said the other day,” (I have to confess to being a bit taken aback by that comment) “why do churches need mission statements? I can understand it for businesses, but for churches I don’t get it.”

He was surprised because he assumed it was obvious. He’s not a believer, but he thought that Jesus had given us Christians a pretty clear idea of what we were here for, so now we’d just be getting on with it.

He was right, wasn’t he? Jesus has told us what to do. He got that much correct. The problem is that Jesus’ words keep getting forgotten in amongst all the other stuff that we are doing. It happens accidentally, as busyness and stress and all sorts of concerns creep in. And it happens deliberately, as people try to rationalise away their squeamishness about telling people the good news of Jesus in a society where that sort of thing is not on. Where looking reasonable and moderate and down with the kids seem far more attractive alternatives.

That’s why we need a mission statement: so we don’t forget what Jesus has told us to do.

To know and show Jesus. You can remember that, can’t you?