There’s a wonderful item on the wall of the kitchenette in the church – somewhere not everyone goes. It’s our congregation’s mission statement. I don’t know how long ago it was adopted, but I am really impressed. Other congregation’s mission statements will about who the congregation aims to be as a gathered community – ours does that, but also talks about who we are as individuals when we’re not gathered together on Sunday morning. It commits us to being the people of God everywhere we go, every day.
In case you haven’t read it for a while, I’m reproducing it here:
As individuals, each of us will try even harder to take the love of God into our local community wherever we perceive physical, social, material or spiritual need.
As a congregation we will worship together as part of the Body of Christ, always striving to increase our knowledge and love of God, encouraging one another both in the faith and in the efforts we make to extend God’s kingdom.
We will offer true fellowship to all whose lives are touched in any way by our activities as individuals and as a congregation.
We commit ourselves to pray and give, in support of the above goals and also in support of the wider work of the Church.
I think this is a wonderful statement of who we are and who we hope to be. I hope and pray God will continue to help us to reach these goals.
Grace and peace