I like it!
Designing a mission statement is often times the first place to start when starting anything... a business, a church, a ministry. It is so helpful to know what the purpose of something is and then work to accomplish that purpose. A Mission Statement is very different from a Statement of Faith. A Mission statement talks about what it is you are seeking to do. A Statement of faith (or Confession) describes what it is you believe.
Someone rightly said, "when we do not know the purpose of a thing, abuse is inevitable." Think of a hammer. A hammer has been designed with a specific purpose in mind - to propel nails into objects. A hammer is not to be used for hitting people on the head - that's an abuse of the intended purpose.
When I was given my first ever hammer as a young child, my parents were wise enough to give me a plastic one, knowing that I might not stick to using it for its intended purpose. They were right. Everything within sight was hit by that hammer. I loved the thing and loved the sound it made as different objects around the house received blow after blow from the hammer. Again, when we do not know the purpose of a thing, abuse is inevitable. :-) Everything has been created for a purpose. Finding that purpose is a key ingredient for discovering God's will for something, including our own lives.
Our mission at King's Church in Phoenix is "The Gospel - Getting it Right, Living it Out, Getting it Out." There's much I could say about this, but I will refrain right now. As I look around the various ministry mission statements out there in the Church at large, several stand out in my mind. The one that I perhaps like the most is the mission statement of Desiring God Ministries (with John Piper). It reads, "Desiring God Ministries exists to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ." Concerning this Matt Perman of DGM recently wrote the following (and I thought it was very insightful):
"By turning a few things around, we can also see what our mission is not - and therefore more clearly what it is. Our mission is not to create cul-de-sacs, but to spread. Our mission is not to spread just knowledge about God. It is to spread a passion for God. Head and heart. Our mission is not to spread a passion for the mediocrity of God or for the overlooking of God or for the assuming of God. It is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God. Our mission is not to spread a passion for the supremacy of human beings or Western materialism or even you. It is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God. Our mission is not to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in just a few things, or just a few parts of your life like the time you spend at church, but in all things. We aim to do this not simply for Americans or Western Christians but for all people groups. We aim to do this not for the boredom or gloom or sadness of all people groups, but for the joy of all people groups. â€œLet the nations be glad and sing for joyâ€ (Psalm 67:4). And we aim to do this not through our own efforts or with an ambiguous God-is-whoever-you-think-he-is God in mind, but through Jesus Christ, who died for us on the cross 2,000 years ago, rose again, ascended into heaven, sent the Holy Spirit, and will come again."
Whatever the wording of our mission statements, be they personal, corporate or ministry related, I pray that we might understand our true purpose under God and have a similar like passion for God, for His gospel, and for His glory. - JS