One of the fads among churches over recent years is to have a statement which gives some representation of what the mission of the church is. These seem to be something of a recent phenomenon in the history of the church. So are they a useful innovation which help us in this present age to know God’s call upon us as churches? Or are they something of a gimmick which imitate the way of the world and are of no value?
Here are some thoughts:
- Through the relentless bringing of the Word of God into the church, a mindset should develop in the church which is formed out of this preaching and study of Scripture.
- Our Saviour gave the mission of each and every church when he said to his disciples: 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ (Matt.:28:19-20)
- The leadership of the church need to lead the church, as regards to the direction under God that the church is moving. This is formed by the Word. Accordingly, it can be helpful to have a brief summary which, in a pithy statement, gives direction to the church.
- Our “focus phrase” at Feltham Evangelical is “a bible-based church making known the Christian Faith”
- I feel though that these statements can become too unwieldy and therefore lose their benefit. They become so big and intricate that nobody bothers with them and they become redundant.
- They can also can become too powerful After all the church is governed by God through his Word and not by God through a mission statement.