Refreshing our vision and mission as a church
In 2021 we launched our Recovery Plan to help us recover from the pandemic. One thing the plan said we would do was “refresh our vision and mission as a church”.
In 2018, when we became Welcome Church, we introduced a new vision statement and mission statement. The vision statement was, “To see lives transformed and communities impacted for good through God’s Grace In Action”. The mission statement was, “To share God’s Grace In Action with all people in all of life.” These significantly shaped our church over the last few years.
Coming out of the pandemic we looked at these again to see how we might refresh them for an even better future. We observed four things:
- The phrase ‘Grace In Action’ hasn’t really gained traction
- Having two statements was perhaps a little ‘over-engineered’ for our context
- In reality, Belong, Believe, Become has actually been our mission statement day to day
- Whilst the vision statement is absolutely where our heart is, it’s quite long and most of us would struggle to quote it
With that in mind, at our Elders prayer week away in January, we prayed for the church and prayed into this issue and we made some decisions:
- We are going to move away from having separate vision and mission statements and replace them with one simple statement of purpose for our church
- We are going to keep Jesus at the centre of it
Following this we landed on a new statement of our purpose as a church, developed from what went before, which encapsulates the heart of what we’re called to as a church. It’s just four words long:
“Life Transformed Through Jesus“
We are all about Life Transformed Through Jesus.
This also has a nice twist to it: we can change the first word. This means that every church ministry can adapt it for themselves:
- Children transformed through Jesus
- Youth transformed through Jesus
- Singleness transformed through Jesus
- Marriage transformed through Jesus
- Families transformed through Jesus
- Work transformed through Jesus
- Debt transformed through Jesus
- Retirement transformed through Jesus
- Those in need transformed through Jesus
- Our community transformed through Jesus
It all adds up to one thing: LIFE transformed through Jesus
Everything we do, let’s do it all to see life transformed through Jesus. As we teach the Bible, as we care for one another, as we serve, as we give, as we run ministries and events, as we care for those in need … let’s do it all because we know that every person and every part of life can be transformed through Jesus. Someone should stick it on a t-shirt.
Tomorrow I’m going to blog about our how we’re now releasing two new leadership teams and creating a new leadership role to help us move forward into the future.