The true meaning of Christian mission statements is as important to our lives as our faith. A mission statement should be read and listened to by all who are involved in a Christian ministry, church, or religious organization.
A mission statement is a statement of what the ministry of that organization is doing to advance the Lord’s Kingdom. It gives an indication of what the organization believes. Mission statements will be unique to each organization, as will their intentions for pursuing the purpose of their ministry.
An example of a mission statement is this: the Purpose of the Church of the Living God is to “preach the gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit in love.” This is an example of a mission statement, because it speaks of what the church is doing, but also what it hopes to accomplish. It speaks of a goal for the ministry of the church, and it is even stated that it is a goal that they hope to achieve.
A Christian mission statement can only be as complete as it is to be read. A mission statement is never completed; it should be considered the beginning and ending of every ministry. Mission statements should be open ended to allow for interpretation, so that they may serve as examples for any group or organization in the church.
One example of a mission statement is the Teaching in the Word ministry, which is serving as a mission statement to the non-profit community, and has ministries. In this case, the mission statement could be written as: Teaching in the Word Ministries.
Another example is this: The Purpose of First Baptist Church of El Paso is to “bring people together for worship, fellowship, and Christian service.” In this case, the organization will always be working toward its purpose; however, it would be appropriate to add that it is serving the Lord with all its resources, including the core of all people who share the faith. The end goal, of course, is the same.
Of course, there are many other examples of mission statements that are either incomplete or sometimes contradict themselves. They are as much an example of a mission statement as any other.
Because we are all sinners, no matter what we do, it is up to us to make sure we are not leaving a message to the world that we have nothing left to say to them except that we are leaving in the flesh. Mission statements are an example of our desire to let others know we are faithful.