This is our final installment of mission statements submitted by congregations. We thank all who participated. We noted at the outset that the “winners” would be published, and we have published them all. In our next issue we will seek to address the use and abuse of congregational statements and examine our Synod’s new mission statement. We hope this will spark genuine and constructive conversation regarding our common mission and our public proclamation of it.
Our first statement this issue comes from Holy Apostles, Hickory Hills and its pastor, Jennie Bogard:
It is the mission of Holy Apostles that all we do, say and stand for consistently reflects the love of Christ. We are committed to teaching, reaching and providing for the needs of all God’s people.
Our final statement comes from First, Harvey and its pastor, Thomas C. Knutson:
St. Matthew 28:16-20
We believe that the Triune God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit wants our congregation to:
- Gather for worship around the proclamation of the Word and celebration of the Sacraments;
- Teach and Share our faith in Jesus Christ and relate it to life issues of today;
- Witness to people in our community and the world with the Gospel message:
- Reach Out with God’s concern for the whole person and creation.
As members we pledge to give faithful support and active participation to insure and further the mission and ministries of First Lutheran Church.