“To Make Disciples of Jesus Christ
for the Transformation of the World.”
That’s the mission statement of the United Methodist Church. To me, then, this is a nice framework for the questions that need to be addressed in any ministry context.
- To Make Disciples
- Practicum: What forms of education and training are you offering your members?
- Of Jesus Christ
- Theology: What “Jesus” is being preached at your context? Is it a Jesus who proclaims an open hatred for sin or who offers sinners welcome arms?
- For the Transformation
- Ministry: What does transformation look like? What does ministry look like?
- Of the World
- Mission: Who is “the world?” How does your context answer questions of “who is at the table” (inclusiveness) and understands how they interact with the world (evangelism)?
Just some random thoughts on using our Mission Statement as a structure that people can easily understand.