This is my first post since last February and these past months have been a whirlwind of activity. I started attending United Theological Seminary this past February as I began pursuing my Masters of Divinity degree, so I can become an Elder in the United Methodist Church. I also left my position as the Minister of Youth and Young Adults at Church of the Cross UMC in Toledo, Ohio to be the Senior Pastor at Faith UMC in Arcanum, Ohio. The last big thing is my wife and I found out we will be having our first child together and it will be a baby girl! I have an adopted son who is 16 whom I adopted from Ukraine with my ex-wife, but our baby will be our first biological child together for Lindsey and I.
So as you can see this past year has been pretty busy with me pursing a new degree, starting a new position as a Senior Pastor for the first time ever, and a child on the way! I don’t know about you but that is enough to keep my head spinning for a while.
I have been at my new position as Pastor since October 15th so just about 2 months now. In this time I have learned a lot about being a Pastor and still have tons to learn. One of my roles as Pastor is to oversee where we are going as a church. Whether you work in the ministry or in a secular field one thing we hear over and over again is mission and purpose statements. As I began reflecting on that for our church I realized I want something more than just something written on paper.
Please do not take this the wrong way, because I think mission statements can be important to our churches as they can help guide us to make wise decisions and let people know what we are pursuing. However, if all we have is something written on a piece a paper then we are missing the point. What I truly desire is for the church to not just memorize a statement but when someone wants to know what our church is about they will be able to see it is a church that is seeking to help believers grow in their faith, a church that desires to serve others, a church that strives to go and make other disciples. May they see this not just because it is just written down, or we have it memorized, but may it be the DNA of our church for all to see.
How about you? What is your thought on mission statements and what they mean for churches?