Every Sunday morning my husband begins the service by having the congregation repeat our mission, which is: "Making disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world." It's taken a while, but everybody knows what we are about as a church--even the children.
It seems that one of little boys in the congregation got a superhero doll for his birthday a couple of weeks ago. And his mother overheard him say to the action figure as he held it up to the sky: "And what is your mission? Making disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world. Now, up, up, and away!"
My husband shared the story with the congregation and everybody smiled and laughed. But the point was made. "Train up a child in the way they should go and they will return to it."
Train up a congregation in the way we should go and we will begin to orientate our daily lives around our mission and ministry.
As we begin a New Year, I've resolved to live out that mission with more intentionality.
What is your mission for the new year?