Why a Purpose Statement?
If the purpose of the church has already been defined by Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20), then why would a church need to develop a purpose statement?
It is true that Jesus has defined that our goal as His followers is to make disciples and to teach all that He commanded. But the reason for a purpose statement is to provide a summary sentence of how we believe God has designed this to be accomplished. Why has God in His sovereignty brought together this collection of His followers on the North Shuswap of British Columbia? Why do we exist?
This is based on words of Jesus in Matthew 22:34-40:
"But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
In the power of the Holy Spirit, we believe the Father has granted to those who have faith in his Son the ability to truly grow in love for God and in love for neighbour; fulfilling the command of God in Christ.