Do we really need mission and vision statements?
It's a very valid question! We hope it is adequately answered below...
What is a mission statement and what's it good for?
- A mission statement attempts to express in just a few words what our core values are—what we understand to be our purpose.
- It is short enough to be memorized and, if stated well, it should serve to unite us with a common picture of our purpose as integrated, functioning parts of this living organism we call The Christian Church of Los Alamos.
What is a vision statement and what's it good for?
- A vision statement expresses what we do.
- With a common understanding of our purpose provided by the mission statement, the vision statement attempts to spell out in more detail how we hope to accomplish that purpose.
- It outlines our actions. It helps us to set God-directed goals. It helps maintain a unified focus.
We've got the bible. What better expression of our mission and vision as a church could there possibly be than that?
There could be no more complete and comprehensive statement than the Scriptures. But how do we communicate to someone else the essence of "who we are" as a church. We could tell them, "It's all there in the Bible for you to read at your leisure. If you want to know what we stand for, that's it!" But such an answer is not very helpful. We need to be winsome. We need to be effective communicators. We need to have thought this through carefully so that we can persuasively explain it in our own words. We need to be able to articulate the essence of what this body is and why we are excited to be a part of it.
How did the founders of ccla encapsulate the essence of our church?
The "What We Believe" statement on back of our weekly bulletin has been used for more than 30 years. It says, in part...
In these days of doubts and uncertainties, we at The Christian Church of Los Alamos have confidence that God still communicates to us through His Word, the Bible. Surely the Creator is able to make Himself understood. We have confidence, therefore that the ultimate expression of God's will is in the Bible, supremely in the person of Jesus Christ, whom we confess to be God's Son, our Savior and Lord who gave His life as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
The bedrock of our faith is God's Word. The Bible reveals the depth of God's love and unfolds His marvelous plan of redemption, conceived before the beginning of time.
Didn't we already have a mission statement?
Yes, our previous mission statement was:
"Restoring the New Testament Church in order to unite all believers for the evangelization of the world"
Why change it?
- Our goal in refreshing and re-stating our mission statement is to step back and re-examine our God-given responsibilities and to re-emphasize our commitment. Our previous mission statement was more than ten years old. Our hope is that a key result of this process will be to get our membership thinking about our core values as a church.
- One important goal of such statements is to help bring focus and unity to our leaders and to our body for the work that God has given us to do.
- Our previous statement was very broad and far-reaching—seemly unobtainable. While it seemed an admirable goal, how can our little church "unite all believers for the evangelization of the world"?