Christ already gave us a mission statement when He issued the Great Commission. While it can be tempting to just quote a passage (Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 24:44-49 or Acts 1:7-8 for example), it can be beneficial to express that commission in your own language.
At Grace, we like the use of an agricultural theme to express our mission. First, Scripture uses agricultural metaphors throughout. It seems a safe way for us to express things without getting to far off from the original intent. Second, we’re blessed to live in a setting where agricultural illustrations make sense. People know what we mean by the terms we use.
Our mission statement is simply three brief phrases:
Sowing Gospel Seed
Nurturing Gospel Fruit
Harvesting Gospel Workers
It is our prayer that the gospel would work in and out of our lives continually… regardless of the task at hand or the environment that we find ourselves in!
First, we seek to plant the seed of the gospel into lives. This means we evangelize those who do not know Christ, but also that we point one another back to focusing on the gospel. This must be done by knowing the gospel well and communicating it verbally!
Second, we do not seek for the gospel to be intellectual fact alone. The gospel desires to produce fruit in our lives. This fruit should mean that believers are individually changing more and more into the likeness of our Savior, as He changes our hearts. This change should manifest itself in the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and in our love for the lost.
Lastly, a heart for God should generate a heart for God’s mission. Therefore, we desire to participate in the Great Commission. We want to send workers into the fields, train up gospel workers and support gospel causes!