I’ve read “mission statements,” “purpose statements,” and “vision statements” from many churches through the years. Most are very good. Some are very intricate and detailed. Others are short and sweet. These “statements” give the people in the pews, as well as the staff, a clear and decisive understanding of “who” they are and “what” they’ve been called to be and do as the people of God.
I was reading a book the other day called, “Simple Church.” The author’s idea is that simple is far more effective than complex. I totally agree. Reading the book led to my rethinking “who we are” and what God has called us to be and do in our community. I probably sound like a broken record but my take on these questions has not changed through the years.
- We are called to be a Lighthouse of Hope. To teach God’s Word and love God’s people…all of God’s people.
I absolutely love the simplicity of God’s call for us as the people of BCC. 21 little words. Yet, those few words translate into limitless possibilities. How do we live out those 21 words? Well, we teach God’s Word through Bible studies, Sunday morning worship, one-on-one conversations, and much more. How do we love God’s people? All of God’s people? I don’t have the space to list all of the ways that we are currently implementing that call of God, but they vary from folks volunteering at HIS Kids, The Middle School Learning Center, Brit Vil, and the King’s Klinic to providing Christmas for kids whose parents are incarcerated to… On and on the list goes.
Did you know that according to Focus On The Family, the average stay of a pastor is between 2.5 and 3.5 years? I’ve been at BCC for over 18 years now and I’m having the time of my life! How can I still be having fun, feeling challenged, and loving what I do after so many years in the same church? The answer is quite simple–the mission God has called us to is so simple yet limitless in its implementation. We’ve witnessed the Lord do so much through the years through BCC, yet in many ways I believe we have just scratched the surface. I’m convinced that God isn’t through implementing His plan for BCC in our community. The future is bright! The future is exciting! The future is full of possibilities to let His light shine through BCC!
I hope that you will begin to pray about how you fit into the beautiful picture of ministry that the Lord is painting before our very eyes. 2009 is going to be a great year of possibilities for BCC and your involvement is crucial. Have a great week.
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