Our mission is to grow as a Christ-centered community in the heart of Rockford.
On November 10, at our annual charge conference, this mission statement will be up for your approval. After many months of collecting information from the congregation about what’s working at our church and what isn’t, a team of volunteers met for several weeks to reflect on our past, present, and future. We had a great deal of discussion around our history as a community church, a place where Christians of many backgrounds feel welcome. We talked about growing both through evangelism, in reaching new people, but also through discipleship, in strengthening our own relationships with Christ. We talked about our location in the heart of Rockford, and our desire to be present in a meaningful way in our community, through events like worship at the fair. We talked about how a church should raise a feeling of peace and belonging among its members, and how Christ calls us to service, to study, and to connection with others. All of these conversations are reflected in the final version of the mission statement, and it is my hope that we can adopt this statement whole-heartedly on November 10th.
You may be thinking, “Ok, that all sounds fine, but why do we need a mission statement? Isn’t our mission as a church obvious?” On the one hand, yes: as a church, our mission is to follow Jesus. On the other hand, it’s not that simple: here are just a few of the mission statements Jesus gave to his followers:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you,” (Matthew 28:19-20).
“Follow me, and I will make you fish for people,” (Mark 1:17).
“Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you,” (Luke 10:8).
“Feed my sheep,” (John 21:17).
Each of these is 100% valid – they all come from Jesus himself! And each is very different from the others. Think about the differences in what kinds of programs we would offer and how we would evaluate our success if we used the mission from Luke as opposed to the mission from Matthew. Those differences are why we need to pick one statement that will guide our decisions, one statement that will focus our efforts on becoming the church God is calling us to be.
I look forward to seeing you in worship and at charge conference on November 10!
The Grace and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be Yours.
Katy Shedlock, Pastor
Rockford Community United Methodist Church
Come celebrate Halloween in Rockford! The Lions club will be offering hot dogs and cider in the park, and the women's club will park cars along the way for trunk-or-treat! Stop at the church for some candy on your way to the grange!
Join us for a 4 week study on Philippians, Wednesdays at 6:00, starting on October 28th. Come for soup supper and stay for the discussion!