Mission Statement

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Does your church have a written mission statement?

  1. No - We don't have anything like that.

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  2. We have a statement of our beliefs.

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  3. We have a formal mission statement.

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  4. We have a formal vision statement.

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  5. We have more than one of the above.

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  1. FriendofSpurgeon

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    This is a poll about mission statements for churches. I think we are seeing this more and more.

    Should churches have a formal, stated mission statement? What about your own church -- does your church have one? What about a formal statement of beliefs and/or core values?
     
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  2. PJ

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    Our church does not have a written mission statement but I can see, in many ways, how it would be helpful. I'm all for it! :thumbs:
     
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    The Preamble to our constitution pretty much acts as our "mission statement."
     
  4. FriendofSpurgeon

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    What does it say? Can you share?
     
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    Having a mission or a vision is almost like having a Purpose...

    ...and we know where that drives us. :rolleyes:

    Rob
     
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    This is abot as close as we come to a mission statement:

    The Local Church

    We believe that a church is a company of immersed believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the church. We believe that its officers are pastors and deacons.

    The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    Here are a few mission statements from various churches with whom I am familiar (different denominations). As you can see, there is quite a variation in them. Also, I have removed the name of the church, its denomination and city to protect the innocent.


    Our mission is to produce fully devoted followers of Christ, and to bring the community of Christ to the neighborhoods of ****.

    To spread the gospel, first through ourselves and then through the city by word, deed, and community; To bring about personal changes, social healing, and cultural renewal through a movement of churches and ministries that change **** city and through it, the world.

    It is our goal at *** church is to create experiences that nurture spiritual relationships. We have a place for you and your family to connect! Whether it's our worship service or a mission trip, you are invited to journey with us!

    Our goal at *** church is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We seek to do this by teaching every member to obey all of Scripture so that we can reach the people of every nation for Christ. To achieve this goal, we strive to honor God with our worship, fellowship, instruction, and evangelism and to provide sacrificial service and support for Christ and His kingdom.

    Who We Are: We are a family of Christian believers striving to make Jesus Christ first in our lives, looking for ways to serve Him and share Him with others. Striving in everything we do to make a real difference in His world. It is around Him that our vision, values, priorities, practices and goals revolve. Our Vision: Know Christ, Serve Christ, Share Christ.

    The ultimate purspose at *** is to exalt the Lord. We endeavor to do that as we evangelize the lost through compassionate outreach, and edify believers though the preaching and teaching of the Word of God, through Christ-honoring music, and through Christian fellowship.

    *** Church's mission is to introduce people to Jesus Christ and help them grow to be more like Him.

    *** church exists to glorify God through God-centered worship and Biblically-based education in order to serve one another and the communities in which we live.


     
  8. Bro. James Reed

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    Here is a copy of our Church Covenant. It would be the closest thing to an offical "mission statement" that we have.


    Covenant
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    SpringGrovePrimitiveBaptistChurch*



    By the Divine Providence of God, we find ourselves in this locality. On the profession of our faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ as our Savior, we have been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. We do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ. We agree to walk together in Christian love as follows:

    1. To strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort.
    2. To promote the spirituality and prosperity of the church.
    3. To maintain the ordinances, doctrines, and discipline of the church and of other Primitive Baptist churches of gospel order.
    4. To attend the worship services.
    5. To support the church financially.
    6. To maintain family and private devotions.
    7. To teach the scriptures to our children.
    8. To conduct ourselves in a christian way among all men.
    9. To avoid evil or the appearance therof.
    0. To watch over one another in brotherly love.
    11. To pray for each other and the church.
    12. To aid each other in sickness and need.
    13. To be slow to take offense, always ready for reconciliation, and to handle offenses according to Matthew 18: 15-17.
    14. To abide by the Rules of Decorum of the church.

    We believe to have been led by the Holy Spirit in forming this covenant and with the blessings of God we will endeavor to uphold it.




    Original Mar. 30, 1974
    Revised Oct. 7, 1981



    *Originally named Primitive Baptist Church of Houston
     
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    Our "statement of beliefs" would be our Articles of Faith below. There have been 3 revisions, mostly to specify particular thoughts within an article, since the original was created in 1974.


    Articles of Faith
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    Spring Grove Primitive Baptist Church


    I.


    The scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired written word of God. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” They are written to and for the use and benefit of the children of God and are the only rule of faith and practice. In the days of the prophets, God inspired them to write about His holy counsel. In these latter days God has spoken to us by His Son and inspired the Apostles to write about things which God revealed to them. The translation made under the rule and direction of King James is our Authority.

    II Tim. 3:16-17, Heb. 1:1-2, II Peter 1:20-21, II Samuel 23:2, Eph. 1:1, Romans 15:4.


    II.


    The scriptures teach there is only one true and living God, the Father, the Son (Word) and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one, infinite in foreknowledge, wisdom, justice, mercy, love, power and holiness. God is eternal and omnipresent.

    Deut. 4:39, Psalms 139, Daniel 4:35, Mark 12:29, John 1:1; 10:30, I Cor. 8:6, Eph. 4:6,
    I John 5:7, Rev. 1:8.


    III.


    In the beginning God created the heaven, the earth and the fullness thereof. He fashioned them according to His will and set the laws of nature. Lastly, God created man in His own image, formed him of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Man in this state was very good but subject to vanity. God called the man Adam and gave him a commandment. Adam was the seminal head of mankind. Adam, and we in him, transgressed the commandment which God had given. Therefore, we were condemned before God and completely unable to deliver ourselves from this condition or even to desire deliverance.

    Gen. 2:7 & 16-17; 3:6 & 12-13; 6:5, I Cor. 15:21-22, Job 14:4, Psalms 51:5, Jer. 17:9, Romans 3:12 & 23; 5:12-19; 8:6-8.



    IV.


    Eternal salvation is wholly the free gift of God. Before the foundation of the world, God moved by His love, chose those who will live with Him in eternity. He treasured sufficient grace in Christ to perfect their salvation. This choice was without regard to any works or faith on their part.

    II Samuel 23:5, Mark 13:27, John 3:16; 6:37-44; 17:2, Romans 8:28-39, Eph. 1:4-12,
    I Peter 1:2.


    V.


    God predestinated His people, before the world began, to be conformed to the image of His Son, and their salvation is forever secured in Jesus Christ.

    Romans 8:28-33, Eph. 1:4-11, Titus 1:2.


    VI.


    The Elect shall be called, quickened into Divine life, sanctified by the Holy Spirit and justified in the sight of God by the righteousness of Christ. They shall be preserved in grace unto eternal glory.

    John 5:25; 10:27-29, Romans 4:25; 8:30-31, II Tim. 1:9, Titus 3:5, I Peter 1:5; 5:10,
    Jude 1:1.


    VII.


    Our faith in God is a result of His work within us and without it we can not please Him. Our good works are the results of our faith, evidence that we are children of God, justification in the sight of men and these good works obtain the approval of God.

    John 6:44 & 65, Romans 8:7-10, Gal. 5:22-25, Eph. 2:8-10 & 14; 5:9-10, Heb. 11:1-6; 12:2.







    VIII.


    Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of Jesus Christ to the church. Those who believe in Christ are the only qualified candidates for baptism. Only baptized believers are entitled to participate in the Lord’s Supper.

    Matt. 3:13-16; 26:17-18; 28:19, Mark 1:9-11, Acts 2:38; 8:36-39, Romans 6:3-4.


    IX.


    The washing of the saints’ feet is a duty enjoined by Jesus Christ, and should be done in a church capacity.

    John 13:1-17.


    X.


    Only ministers who are called of God, baptized, ordained by a presbytery of our faith, and who maintain gospel order have the authority to administer the ordinances of the church.

    Matt. 9:38, Acts 13:2-3, I Tim. 4:14, Heb. 5:4.


    XI.


    At the end of time, Christ shall come again. The dead shall be raised and those that are alive shall be changed. He will carry the elect to eternal glory. The non-elect will be eternally destroyed.

    John 5:28-29, Romans 8:11, I Cor. 15:51-57, I Thes. 4:13-17, II Thes. 1:9, Phil. 3:21.
     
  10. FriendofSpurgeon

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    Thanks James. Many churches will have their statement of beliefs on their web site as well. Those are usually quite interesting to read.

    While our church has a very detailed statement of beliefs (see Westminster Confession), our web site instead lists our purpose and core values. These are more general in nature, but better defines our church. The purpose statement is below.

    Our Purpose
    Old Cutler is a church that exists for 3 things: to enjoy God, to serve people, and to live grace.

    We know that Worship is the first thing. We were created to worship and understand that there is no greater joy than to live in God's presence both through a life of individual devotion and corporately through worship with the Community of Christ.
    Old Cutler has chosen to be a Servant Church that uses its gifts and resources to minister in the Miami community.
    The Bible calls the church to be a community that dispenses the Grace it has received: to forgive one another's sins, to bear one another's burdens, to pray for one another and to speak the truth in love with one another.
    Knowing that our imperfections are not obstacles to God's love we are liberated to minister Innovatively and Creatively in Vision and Boldness. As Christ gave Himself, we live Grace by giving ourselves and, as a church, pour ourselves out into this city and the world in His Name.
     
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    Matt 28: 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
     
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    The purpose of the church is more than just having a larger church.
     

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