Why do we need a mission statement? A mission statement helps us stay focused, helps us know when to say yes and when to say no, and a mission statement directs us to what is most important.
What is most important to God?
Jesus made it clear what is most important. He gave us the Great Commandments: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
Jesus also gave us the Great Commission: “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:16-20)
Over the last couple of years, we have been rediscovering our church’s history and purpose here in the South Bay. Through prayer, discussion, focus groups, and help from gifted friends of Journey, God has led us to a new mission statement. Based on Jesus’ Great Commandments and Great Commission, the new mission statement of Journey of Faith is:
TO BRING GLORY TO GOD BY LOVING GOD, LOVING PEOPLE, AND MAKING DISCIPLES.
To those of you who call Journey of Faith your home church, thank you for your continued prayer, encouragement, generosity, and faithfulness to Jesus. May God grant us the grace, passion, and opportunity to live out this mission in all we say and do.