The kinds of    missionsMany of these categoriesare the same as for thoseapplied to the discovery of          values
A conscious versus unconsciousmissionThe church is on a missionwhether it knows it or not - itis going somewhere that itsv...
2. Personal or organisationalThe church has a mission - butmost individuals also have one inmind for the church too. Thepe...
3. Shared or unshared missionOnce a mission is stated by achurch you find out whichpeople disagree with it.Unshared ministr...
4. Correct versus incorrect missionChurches might have a ministrymission - but Malphurssuggests most of them arewrong. The...
5. Actual versus aspirational missionIf a church has a wrong missionthen it needs to change to the GtComm model - however ...
The development  of a mission Being convinced of the needfor a mission you then need to  craft a dynamic memorable   state...
The personnelThe SLT develop themission as they did with thevalues.Again you must involve thecongregation - ask theirideas...
Guidelines1. Determine what yourchurch is supposed to doEssentially the church should ask,“What business are we in?”Malphu...
There are two groups within this -the churched and the unchurched(potential members.) Malphurssuggests you look at the peo...
Malphurs give two examples:Our mission is to share thegood news of Jesus Christwith the people of NewHope community andbey...
2. Write your mission statementWrite down what you are thinking -use the words that bestcommunicate with yourcongregation ...
2. Write your mission statementWrite down what you are thinking -use the words that bestcommunicate with yourcongregation ...
The mission of NorthwoodCommunity Church is to beused of God in helping peoplebecome fully functioningfollowers of Jesus C...
3. Make your missionstatement broad but clearHolding boldness and clarity intension.Is it broad, overarching andcomprehens...
Is it clear? Easy here - ask people ifthey can understand and thenexplain it. A poor example:Our mission is to glorify God...
4. Make your missionstatement brief and simpleDoes it pass the T shirt test? Saymore by saying less!Faith community church...
The process of developing a   mission
Option 1: identify your current missionstatement- then, if necessary, correctthis - if not be happy with it!However if it ...
Option 2: develop a new missionstatementThis needs to focus on what yourfuture mission should be.Address your current valu...
Refine your term for disciple:Malphurs suggests Jesus waslooking for mature disciples - fullydevoted, functioning, committe...
Remember you alwaysneed the work of the HolySpirit to do this - but weare told to makedisciples!Who are you workingwith?Ma...
Option 3: adopt an existing missionstatementOur mission is to provide livingproof of a loving God to awatching world.Our m...
The mission challengeIs to remain on track - there aremany many distractions.Malphurs suggests that passionis a key - the ...
The communication of the missionThe mission must becommunicated or it is almostpointless.Use every opportunity you can- an...
Guidelines for the Mission Statement1. Determine your church’s purpose. Who willyou serve? How will you serve these people...
602 Spiritual Leadership: Section 15, Chapter 5, Mission part2
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602 Spiritual Leadership: Section 15, Chapter 5, Mission part2

  1. 1. The kinds of missionsMany of these categoriesare the same as for thoseapplied to the discovery of values
  2. 2. A conscious versus unconsciousmissionThe church is on a missionwhether it knows it or not - itis going somewhere that itsvalues are taking it. In suchsituations the church needs todiscover and articulate itsmission.Work out the core values -then ask the church SLT,where have these taken you?Put this into a statement andyou have the mission.
  3. 3. 2. Personal or organisationalThe church has a mission - butmost individuals also have one inmind for the church too. Thepersonal side often happens early inlife - e.g. When someone gets bornagain they are likely to adopt themission of the first church theyattend. Pastors will bring their ownpersonal vision to a church theywork at.The church’s mission must besuperior to any personal mission.
  4. 4. 3. Shared or unshared missionOnce a mission is stated by achurch you find out whichpeople disagree with it.Unshared ministry missions pullpeople apart, create disunityand can cause disaster. Achurch has to address thissituation and ensure all peopleare on board with the church’smission.A new members class is ahelpful way of ensuring all whojoin the church agree to this.
  5. 5. 4. Correct versus incorrect missionChurches might have a ministrymission - but Malphurssuggests most of them arewrong. They have to be aboutthe Gt. Comm - making andmaturing believers.Anything other than this, nomatter how noble, is wrong.Worship, fellowship, communityare all found in the Bible but arenot the Gt. Comm. If yourmission is not the Gt. Comm- then change it!
  6. 6. 5. Actual versus aspirational missionIf a church has a wrong missionthen it needs to change to the GtComm model - however this doesnot then become their mission butis their aspiration. Changing themission takes time - and key tothe change is examining andchanging values. Malphurssuggests those of Acts 2:41-47are the correct ones withevangelism most important.
  7. 7. The development of a mission Being convinced of the needfor a mission you then need to craft a dynamic memorable statement for the church
  8. 8. The personnelThe SLT develop themission as they did with thevalues.Again you must involve thecongregation - ask theirideas, get their feedback,develop trust...
  9. 9. Guidelines1. Determine what yourchurch is supposed to doEssentially the church should ask,“What business are we in?”Malphurs suggests this issummed up for all churches inthe idea of making disciples.“Whom will we serve?” who arethe people we are targeting - asChrist died for people (sinners)those are the people we shouldbe looking at.
  10. 10. There are two groups within this -the churched and the unchurched(potential members.) Malphurssuggests you look at the peoplewho are already part of yourministry to get an idea of what newpeople might (will probably) looklike.“How will we serve these people?”what is God telling you to do forthem? Salvation and thensanctification - all else we do, evenin serving felt needs, should aimtowards these two aspects.
  11. 11. Malphurs give two examples:Our mission is to share thegood news of Jesus Christwith the people of NewHope community andbeyondThat answers both the whoand how questions.Our mission is to lead thepeople of North TarrantCounty to faith in Christand growth inChristlikeness.
  12. 12. 2. Write your mission statementWrite down what you are thinking -use the words that bestcommunicate with yourcongregation - does it need atraditional or modern approach,something catchy or cliched etc.?Do people understand what youhave written? Is it clear?Willow Creek turned Matt 28:18-20into: Willow Creek exists to turnirreligious people into fullydevoted followers of JesusChrist.
  13. 13. 2. Write your mission statementWrite down what you are thinking -use the words that bestcommunicate with yourcongregation - does it need atraditional or modern approach,something catchy or cliched etc.?Do people understand what youhave written? Is it clear?Willow Creek turned Matt 28:18-20into: Willow Creek exists to turnirreligious people into fullydevoted followers of JesusChrist.
  14. 14. The mission of NorthwoodCommunity Church is to beused of God in helping peoplebecome fully functioningfollowers of Jesus Christ.Make sure the format is good -Malphurs suggests the following3:The mission of (church name) isto __________________________Our mission is to _____________(Church name) seeks to _______
  15. 15. 3. Make your missionstatement broad but clearHolding boldness and clarity intension.Is it broad, overarching andcomprehensive? A poorexample does not include theGt Comm:Our mission is to teach theScriptures so well thatpeople will hunger andthirst for righteousness
  16. 16. Is it clear? Easy here - ask people ifthey can understand and thenexplain it. A poor example:Our mission is to glorify God byresponding to the Saviourthrough exalting him as Lord,edifying his church, andevangelising the world.The problem is using the worldglorify - what does it mean, howshould it be interpreted?Additionally the mission leads toglorifying God - it is not the mission.
  17. 17. 4. Make your missionstatement brief and simpleDoes it pass the T shirt test? Saymore by saying less!Faith community church existsto make disciples by lovingChrist, loving one another, andliving to reach our world forChrist.This should be changed to (the byis part of the strategy):Faith community church existsto make disciplesFinally - is it memorable? Too longmakes it hard to remember.
  18. 18. The process of developing a mission
  19. 19. Option 1: identify your current missionstatement- then, if necessary, correctthis - if not be happy with it!However if it is not the GtComm then you have tofollow steps 2 or 3
  20. 20. Option 2: develop a new missionstatementThis needs to focus on what yourfuture mission should be.Address your current values - willthey support and accomplish the GtComm?Use the Matt 28:19 model - whatis a disciple (using the terms yourcongregation understands) -follower of Christ, Christian, believeretc.
  21. 21. Refine your term for disciple:Malphurs suggests Jesus waslooking for mature disciples - fullydevoted, functioning, committed,totally committed etc. Which term inyour church most suggestsmaturity?Use the right verb - willow creektalked of turning people intofollowers - assist, empower,develop, follow, fulfill, help,influence, lead, promote, provide,transform etc.
  22. 22. Remember you alwaysneed the work of the HolySpirit to do this - but weare told to makedisciples!Who are you workingwith?Malphurs suggests thispart is optional - it mightinclude the unchurched,irreligious, religious,unsaved, ordinary etc.
  23. 23. Option 3: adopt an existing missionstatementOur mission is to provide livingproof of a loving God to awatching world.Our mission is to present Christ assaviour and pursue christ as Lord.Our mission is to follow and makefollowers of Christ.Our mission is to help ourcommunity find real life in Christ.Our mission is to lead ordinarypeople to extraordinary life inChrist
  24. 24. The mission challengeIs to remain on track - there aremany many distractions.Malphurs suggests that passionis a key - the senior leader mustbe pasisonate - and from himpassionate people live andbreathe the mission.Passion is the differencebetween mediocrity andexcellence.Are you passionate about yourmission statement?
  25. 25. The communication of the missionThe mission must becommunicated or it is almostpointless.Use every opportunity you can- and every good method youcan think of.
  26. 26. Guidelines for the Mission Statement1. Determine your church’s purpose. Who willyou serve? How will you serve these people?2. Write your mission statement. What wordscommunicate best with your target group?3. Make your mission statement broad andclear cut.4. Make your mission statement brief andsimple.

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