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Mission Statement of Faith Presbyterian Church

by on July 19, 2009

“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.”

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  1. tomtrinidad permalink

    This person’s email to me is a thoughtful and fruitful response:

    I’ve been pondering the mission statement. For some reason I’ve been putting things into the context of hamburgers lately. Maybe because it’s Bar-B-Que season! If I were to guess, I’d say McDonald’s mission statement would be something like “We serve as many hamburgers as possible.” It’s actually more like
    “McDonald’s vision is to be the world’s best quick service restaurant experience. Being the best means providing outstanding quality, service, cleanliness, and value, so that we make every customer in every restaurant smile.” [http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_mcdonalds_mission_statement]

    My point is that McDonalds wants to sell hamburgers and they’ve elaborated on that a bit. A church wants to worship God and serve others. Does our mission statement say anything special about us–Faith Presbyterian Church? Initially I was disappointed–but then I don’t put a lot of stock in mission statements; more from actions.

    Then I thought about breaking it down into actions and objects. With some grammatical license, these are the verbs:
    follow, rely, worship, serve, cultivate, invite, join, and explore.

    And the objects:
    We, Christ the Lord, Spirit’s guidance, God, our lives, our neighbors, community, others, and faith.

    Well, there’s suddenly a lot more meat in that burger!! It looks like a full menu too. It means we have a lot to focus on and a lot to do. I still don’t see anything specific for Faith Presbyterian but maybe it’s how we define “our lives”, “our neighbors”, and “community”. Would it help our growth as a healthy church to define those objects early?

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