Our Mission: “Moving Together Into the Remarkable Love of Jesus Christ”
We are created with a desire for the good life. Wired towards a vision for human flourishing, which promises to satisfy the deepest longings of the heart— to be loved and love others. The problem is, the way to get there is not “anything goes.” And all too often we end up focusing on the short-term gains, investing in fleeting lusts, or merely controlling behaviors. We need a bigger uniting compelling vision.
In his profound children’s classic The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry encapsulates the motivating allure of a greater vision: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
Similarly, the wisdom of the Proverbs as told famously from the King James Version says,
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Prov. 29:18)
The ESV (& other more contemporary translations) rightly clarify, “Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint.” To perish is to cast off or turn away from God’s will and mission. The variety of ways in which we cast off His blessing can include rebellion, neglect, or even a lack of unifying clarity. Rather God’s missional design for us is the thing that leads to His blessing individually and corporately.
Two years ago the elders embarked on a process to further clarify and update our vision as a church, in a unique expression of the purposeful mission from Jesus to make disciples and form eternal worshippers of the Triune God. That process has yielded a clear and hopefully compelling mission: “Moving Together Into the Remarkable Love of Jesus Christ.”
We began a short sermon series last Sunday which we will unpack over the next five weeks. We’ll look at what the mission will look like for us as church, and then outline the simple strategy and places of ministry where we want to grow with greater intentionality as disciples into Christ’s love. You will see the new mission statement and strategy featured in the new bulletin design, banners in the church, website refresh (coming soon), and as we pray most powerfully in the unified vision and lives of the church family as we understand, proclaim, serve, and move together into the remarkable love of Jesus Christ.