Having worked in the ministry world and the business world, there are obviously a lot of differences.
One of the major differences is based around the organization’s mission statement. Personally, I feel that in general, the business world does a better job of establishing mission statements. For some reason, it seems that most churches have such wordy mission statements in comparison to the business world.
As you read a church mission statement, you can almost see the team of deacons or elders all trying to get their two cents in, as they establish the statement. Many times what ends up happening, is the team tries to encompass the entirety of their doctrinal statement within their mission statement.
In the end, no one (including the deacons and elders) can ever remember the actual statement. It eventually becomes something that floats on their website, never really unifying the church. Furthermore, never driving the church towards a common goal. It’s sad really.
For those of you who don’t know me personally, I am currently serving as Youth Pastor with a church in Alaska. When I was initially candidating, there were a lot of great things about the church that attracted me.
One of the things that gave me great joy and confidence in the church, was how concise and easy to remember the church’s mission statement was: “To Present Everyone Complete in Christ.” It’s a mission that is complex in meaning, yet compact as a statement. I was excited about moving into a ministry with this kind of focused and well thought out mission.
Please understand that I didn’t wake up this morning, planning to write about mission statements. I simply started reading in Colossians and was completing chapter one, when I came across the verse in which our mission statement was based on: “We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.” (Col. 1:28)
As I let this verse and our mission statement sink in a bit, I tried to envision what the process was in coming up with this mission? Instead of trying to force 20 Scriptural references into the meaning of the mission statement, like many ministries do, it’s based out of a single, yet complimentary verse of Scripture. Not only would church leadership be able to remember this mission statement, but the congregation should be able to pick up on it just as quick.
This morning, God brought me to the passage in which our mission as a church stands. I must accept that finances and facilities, programs and people will come and go from any given ministry. One day my youth ministry will pass to another, who will be equally qualified due to having the same Savior, the same Spirit and perhaps, the same mission.
If and when I do leave, the decision may or may not be my own. However, if it is the decision “To Present Everyone Complete in Christ,” then it is a decision that is based around a key piece of Scripture. Therefore, it will be the best decision for our youth ministry and our body.
I challenge you to have a look at your church’s mission statement this week. Whether or not it’s well written, is really not of great importance. The real test of value is in its Scriptural integrity. Is it based on Biblical truth or not?
If it is, then find out the exact references that were used to establish that mission. Take some time to read them. Study them and meditate on them. Ask yourself whether or not you and/or your ministries are living up to the mission within your local body.
Perhaps, you’re in a situation where you may need to bring that mission back to your leadership? When was the last time your deacons or elders focused on the mission and the founding Scriptures of that mission? You may just be the catalyst for a major re-focus of ministry within your church!
It’s time to get out of our own head-space of opinion and controversy, and get back to stating our mission.
Originally posted at QuietMorningsWithHim.com by Jeremy Norton.