• Towards a Healthy Church – Developing A Mission for the Local Church

    In last week’s post, I shared that the mission of the Church is wrapped into two primary statements from Jesus. These statements are to love God and love others (The Great Commandment, Mark 12.30-21) and to make disciples (The Great Commission, Matthew 28.19-20). These concepts must be included because it was Jesus who said that He would build His Church and these are two key elements of how that will be done. What is true for the universal church is true for the local church as well; however, each local church can adapt those elements to make it specific to the context of that church. For instance, a church in…

  • Towards a Healthy Church – The Mission of The Church

    Having reviewed the idea of a personal vision and mission statement, and showing that a mission statement has biblical merit, it is now time to look at what the mission of the church could be. The mission of the church must begin with Jesus. Why? Because it was Jesus who said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16.18). The church Jesus is building is not your church or my church; it is His Church. Of course, the church Jesus is building includes churches all over the world, but then not every so-called “church” is being built by Jesus either. What I mean is that many people gather together and may…

  • Towards A Healthy Church – Why Having a Mission Statement Is Biblical

    The purpose of this series is to help us understand some necessary components of having a healthy church.* As I have mentioned thus far, in no way, do I wish to neglect the importance of the Holy Spirit, and each aspect of this series should be biblically-based, in every possible manner. Additionally, many organizations cover these items in various ways, and more thoroughly, but my goal is to add voice to this process and provide another bit of clarity to the needs for some of the more overlooked parts of being healthy as a church. *Because of this purpose, this series is meant for those who are truly followers of…

  • Towards a Healthy Church – Living with Purpose

    This series is meant to share some ideas of what makes a church healthy. A great deal of work has been done in this area and many are experts in this field. Certain ministries and organizations are even built with this concept at the forefront of their purpose. My intention is not to compete with those individuals or ministries; rather, I am seeking to add another voice to the conversation, and to share a few practical ideas in the process. With that said, last week I posted on the idea of developing a vision as individuals. This week, I am going to shift to the idea of mission. As I…