A New Mission Statement for Our Church

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 “how” we express our ministry. This “how” 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 God‘s call by:

Expressing God’s love as an open and affirming Christian community,
Nurturing spiritual growth, including those with special needs,
 Offering service and assistance to the needy, and
 Engaging in inter-religious dialogue for peace and understanding.”

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.

About Susan Kramer-Mills

Susan Kramer-Mills' journey as a pastor has led her to a variety of places. Before attending McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago she was a Volunteer-in-Mission for two years West Berlin, Germany. After returning to the United States and graduating from seminary, she returned with her husband Hartmut to Germany. From 1990 to 1992 she was campus chaplain and registrar at Naumburg Seminary in former East Germany. With the closing of the seminary she assumed the pastorate for the yoked congregations of Stoessen, Goerschen and Rathewitz in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. At the same time she taught Religious Instruction at two public elementary schools until 1998. During this time she was assigned six additional congregations to the original three. In 1998, she received a call as Associate Pastor to Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick, New Jersey. She served in that position until 2000, when she and her husband accepted a call as co-pastors to First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since April 1, 2004, Rev. Kramer-Mills has also been working part-time as Classis Minister to the Classis of New Brunswick.
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