“Who does this new pastor think he/she is? We’ve been operating just fine for decades with no mission statement other than the Great Commandment and Great Commission. Why, all of a sudden, do we need one that rhymes?”
Certainly, that kind of resistance may come from stubbornness, but not necessarily.
In a big church, a clear pastor-driven statement is helpful, because it unites people. But in a small church, where they operate more on the basis of relationships, a pastor-led vision often leaves other leaders feeling marginalized.
What Is a Mission Statement Supposed To Do?
To Mission Statement, or not to Mission Statement? That is the question.
The answer? Ask what a mission statement is meant to accomplish.
Simply put, a good mission statement unites people around a common purpose. So if your church needs one to rally around, or if it already has one that unites and motivates people, great!
But if trying to implement a new mission statement is dividing church members instead of uniting them, don’t do it.
Also, if the church is already united around a common purpose without having a mission statement other than the Great Commandment and Great Commission, you don’t need one.
A mature church leader always remembers this: a great mission is more important than a unique mission statement.
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