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The Mission Statement Dr. Bob Scudieri Director: LCMS WMNorth America The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod FL GA DOC Meeting The Great 19th Century Steamboat Companies are no more. Why? They identified their mission as running steamboats, instead of the transportation of passengers. What is our “mission. The Mission Statement Answers the Question: “What are we supposed to be doing?” Are we a steamboat company, or, a transportation company? Peter Drucker: “What matters is not the leader’s charisma, what matters is the leader’s mission. The most important job of the leader is to think through and define the mission of the institution.” What the leader defines as the mission, spoken or unspoken, One of the most pressing questions we face today: What is faith? Is it simply “repetition”? Or, is there more to it? Luther: Sermon on January 4,1540, based on Galatians 4:1-5 “Faith is the yes of the heart, a conviction on which one stakes one’s life...Christ came for my sake, in order to free me from the law, not only from the guilt of sin but also from the power of the law. If you are able to say yes to this, you have what is called faith, and this faith is everything.” Luther On Faith: Daily Readings with Martin Luther, page 33 There are two ways of believing, First, to believe that there is a God. This kind of faith is knowledge or information, rather than faith as such. Secondly, there is faith in God. Luther to Melencthon: “If Moses had insisted on understanding how he was to escape Pharaoh’s army, Israel might still have been in Egypt.” Cf, the famous Lutheran talk show host, Garrison Keiller: “Lutherans are 15% faith and 85% loyalty.” What are some scriptures that could be the basis for the work in Ga/Fla? For instance, Matthew 25:32 ff… And, Matthew 28:17…. Take a few minutes – write down a place in scripture you think could drive missions in Ga/Fla… Why is the Mission Statement Important? 1. It gives an organization direction. 2. It answers “What should we be doing?” 3. It gives the organization a future focus (informed by the past and the present). Helps embrace positive change. . It helps to determine priorities, for funding, for time of workers, for resources in general, etc. 5. It helps cement unity in the organization (it gives a focus to the work). 6. It is an aid for evaluation: are we on the right path? 7. It gives direction past the present leadership: important during times of transition. Characteristics of A Mission Statement: It must be based on Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. It is broad, overarching. It is brief: One sentence, fits on a T-shirt (Making Cancer History). It answers the question: “What are we supposed to be doing?” Moving from “is” to “what ought to be.” Developing A Mission Statement Begins with prayer, and a substantive study of mission in the Scripture and Lutheran Confessions. Ask: what does the Word of God say we are to be doing? Then, more prayer! Is top down: the leader must lead, must initiate the process, and work up the initial draft. Is bottom up: the congregation must be involved and own the statement. Determine right away: who are you serving? Develop a “profile person”, based on demographics, and answer: How is it we will serve this person? What are they concerned about? Where is sin impacting their lives? How can the gospel, in word and deed, bring healing and hope? After you have thought about these things, then you are ready to begin. Oh yes, pray. What the Mission Statement is NOT: It is not a purpose statement -which tells why we are here. A mission statement tells what we do. It is not a Vision Statement -which is a picture, broad and poetic (I have a dream...) Characteristics of a Good Mission Statement: 1. It is brief and simple. It can be put on a t shirt. It may be a paragraph long, but it can be expressed in one sentence. 2. It is memorable. People can tell you it off the top of their head, or it isn’t a good statement. 3. It is profound - it is something people are willing to give their lives to! Some Examples: AOL: “To build a global medium as central to people’s lives as the telephone or television, and even more valuable.” Coca Cola: “To make it possible for every thirsty person wherever they may be in the world to satisfy their thirst with one of our products.” The Mission Statement of LCMS NA Missions: Withour partners we make it possible for every person in North America to meet and serve the living Christ. MORE STATEMENTS St. Paul Church is a multicultural family in Christ called to encourage one another and embrace the world with Christ’s love. Turning irreligious people into fully devoted followers of Christ Transforming the people of the Mid-Cities & beyond into fully developing followers of Christ Knowing Christ and making him known Helping tomorrow’s leaders to lead more like Jesus and to lead more to Jesus Building a bigger heaven tomorrow by sharing Jesus on earth today What do you think of these statements? “Our mission is to teach the Scriptures so well that people hunger and thirst for righteousness.” Too narrow! Is the mission only to teach? What about discipling, evangelism, worship, good works? What is wrong with this mission statement? “Grace Church exists to provide an environment where people can discover a love for God that is real and relevant”. It is too narrow, and it is unclear. Here are some positive examples: Christ Church seeks to assist as many people as possible in becoming fully developing followers of Christ. This statement is clear, broad and summarizes all you do as a church. Communicating the Mission Statement: Same as communicating values! Banners, in newsletters, tell stories, identify heroes, in sermons, at banquets, etc. Practice: 1. Pray. 2. Who is the object of the DOC? Describe them…. 3. Alone, write a tentative mission statement - remember: Characteristics and needs of people you serve. Make it biblical, comprehensive, short (T- shirt), but profound. 2. Share with someone you have not yet spoken with. 3. We will review some of them together.
"The Mission Statement"