For years we have lived and operated under a mission statement which has expressed somewhat who we are. And yet, somehow, it was not very specific, particularly in providing a deeper understanding of â€œhowâ€ we express our ministry. This â€œhowâ€ is not easily discovered. It takes time, reflection, trial and error in order to uncover what areas of ministry God is calling us to, and what we are spiritually passionate about.
The Invitation & Outreach Committee, with the good results from the discussions of the Vision Team which met over the past two-and-a-half years, put together a new statement. A draft was presented to Consistory in November, revised again, and approved by Consistory in December as follows:
“A community of people united in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit to worship and follow Godâ€˜s call by:
Expressing God’s love as an open and affirming Christian community,
Nurturing spiritual growth, including those with special needs,
Â Offering service and assistance to the needy, and
Â Engaging in inter-religious dialogue for peace and understanding.â€
You will notice that some of the statement comes from the old one, but, most importantly, it becomes specific with the areas that our ministry together has developed into. May it guide our witness, our ministry, and be an inspiration for those who have similar interests for expressing their faith.