"We eliminate barriers to give people access to Christ."
I've been thinking a lot about the church's mission statement lately.
So...I've been taking it word by word and "chewing" on it for a while.
"We"....That's a pretty powerful word, when you think about it.
First of all, "we" means there is "unity", of at least two people, and maybe more. Unity is a pretty important Christian concept. First, I think of marriage. Then, Paul in Philippians talks about the unity among believers. This is one of my favorite passages of all time (it is my view of the "dream small group leader team"!):
Philippians 1: 27- 2:4 (The Message)
Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people's trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they're up against... If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care-then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.
Secondly, the word "we" leaves me with a choice to either be a part of the "we" or not. If I don't personally own this mission statement, than I'm not really a part of the "we". I either believe in the mission statement or I don't...and this mission statement has lots of action attached to it. It isn't enough to believe it and not act. (This is true of faith in Christ, but that is another blog and we don't have time for another blog today.:)) Maybe we should take an idea from Nintendo and re-write our mission statement to say, "Wii eliminate barriers to give people access to Christ," emphasizing the "I" part of "we."
So here is where "ii" am with the mission statement: I don't like that I didn't invite anyone to the Creed series. Do I believe in the power of worship, of God's Word preached, of the body of Christ unified in this amazing thing called Church, or don't I? I do like that the groups I have been a part of for the past 10 years have been un-churched people who are just entering or re-entering church.
In this self-evaluation process, I'm trying to get past the theoretical, the cliché's, and get down to the nitty-gritty of practical living. This is the "wii-challenge"! Want to join me? How is the "ii" in "We eliminate barriers to give people access to Christ" going for you?