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Maintenance or Mission

One of the key principles of leadership I have learned from many in the field of church revitalization is that knowing and clearly articulating your mission is the first and primary step.  One of my favorite philosophers, Yogi Berra, said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might end up somewhere else.”  Mission is the compass that points to our true north.  It is answering the question, “What are we supposed to be doing?”  Without clearly articulating the answer to that question it is easy to settle in on doing what you always do, i.e. maintain the norm.  Unfortunately, many churches struggle with a definitive sense of purpose and fall prey to a posture of maintenance.  As leaders we are to clearly and concisely communicate what Christ has called the church to complete.  We believe Jesus’ mandate for us is the Great Commission and we are to be faithful to follow these holy orders.  Our purpose is to make disciples. Our method is to go, baptize and teach those who respond to the gospel.  Our scope is from our neighborhoods to the nations. Our length is to the end of the age.  Our power is in the Spirit of Christ. When we understand our mission, and choose to accept it, we will see God at work in our midst and will bear much fruit for His glory. – Dr. Gary Mathes