Our Mission: The What

In May, we took an exciting step forward and published our new Mission Statement. Our mission will make our ministry more impactful by uniting us around a single purpose. And if we are to choose to do one thing well, that one thing ought to be discipleship.

Most people know Matthew 28 as the chapter of the Bible that contains the Great Commission, in which Christ commissions the Church to “go into all the world.”

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

What most people don’t know is that in the original Greek, there is only one command in this entire sentence, and it is not the word, “go.” The one command the Lord gives in this commission is not to, “go,” but to “make disciples.” Everything else the Church does, even evangelism, grows out of making disciples.

So, what does the church do? First and foremost, it makes mature believers. And that is precisely what our mission statement is about. It asks the question, “How do we make mature believers in our context, with our core values, and with our parish’s needs and gifts.”

What we do is make disciples, and our mission statement is designed to give us a clear, simple way to do just that.

Father Brian