What (Church) Mission Statements Do
In preparation for writing our mission statement, we considered the following criteria:
- In general, mission statements identify us to outsiders, using language that is accessible, and letting them know, in sum, what we’re about. It answers: Why do we exist? What is our purpose?
- It should compel behavior that is aligned with the mission, i.e., it should tell insiders what we are to do.
- It should imply an evaluation or assessment mechanism, such that, at the end of a period of time, we can look back and determine if we have been faithful to the mission.
- A church mission statement should be Trinitarian, explicitly or implicitly.
- It should be related to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.
- In relation to the congregation and our denomination, it should honor the past, be faithful to the present, and privilege the (new) future.
- It should highlight the ongoing revelation of God’s Word to us, incarnated in the life of Jesus Christ.
- It should be easily memorized.
Given these criteria, Faith Presbyterian Church revised its mission statement to the following:
We follow Christ as Lord, relying on the Spirit’s guidance and worshiping God with our lives by serving our neighbors, cultivating community, and inviting others to join the exploration of faith.