Mission statements

Equipping selected leaders of Lakeview Baptist Church, Oxford, Alabama, with strategic planning competencies

Author
Darrell W Paulk
Abstract
Christians and churches participate in life-long journeys of faith. However, few participate in a spiritual strategic journey that enables them to better pursue God's calling. The thesis of this project is that strategic planning competencies enable leaders to help churches become the missional agencies God desires. Identifying church core values, mission, and vision are the first steps of strategic planning and are necessary to pursue God's preferred future. The project director conducted extensive research through lending libraries and online. Research resulted in a curriculum used to equip selected church leaders. Project results indicated cognitive and affective gains among participants.

Prayer agreement: a strategy for multigenerational health and growth

Author
Gideon A Thompson
Abstract
Gideon Thompson researched the principles supporting multigenerational local church health and growth and concluded -- the missing link is prayer agreement. In this thesis, he outlines by biblical precept and example the structure and strategy for building a "House of Prayer;" this became the foundation for building a mega-church of thousands in New England from a handful of faithful believers meeting in a downtown hotel functional meeting room. The structure of prayer agreement supported by godly character and accountability has created an "open heaven" atmosphere in his local church empowering truth to penetrate and transform multitudes. Praise the Lord!

Responding to the call to serve: a Christian Horizons organizational framework

Author
Daniel Oliver Cudney
Abstract
Christian Horizons is a large, vibrant Christian ministry. The ability of Christian Horizons to continue as such is dependent upon a clear articulation of its reasons for existence to thousands of employees and to its stakeholders. In the organizations 45 year history, it has grown to become one of the largest ministries of its type in Canada. The idea of a strategic and articulated organizational culture is a new consideration for Christian Horizons. It has become obvious that a method for evaluating systems with values is critical. If the organization is to fulfill its mission "To serve the person with exceptional needs," a clear method of aligning mission with the value statement, "We will honor God and value people in all we do and with all our resources," must be created. What is proposed is a framework based on Christian Horizons "Responding to the Call" principles that can guide organizational thinking. By applying the framework, organizational decisions, processes, and behaviors can be explored using a common tool.

Leading the Armenian Evangelical Church of Toronto through an envisioning process using an adaptation of Aubrey Malphurs' model as described in advanced strategic planning

Author
Samuel Albarian
Abstract
The Armenian Evangelical Church of Toronto (AECT) has never had a shared and clearly communicated corporate mission and vision statement. As a result the congregation's ministries have not been aligned with any explicit overarching vision. Ministries were sometimes not sure how their particular activities aligned with the larger purposes of the church. A process was needed to bring the congregation's leadership together to start thinking strategically and plan the future ministries of the church around a shared vision. A strategic planning team led the process by conducting congregational surveys, meeting regularly to pray, studying survey results and writing new mission and vision statements. The outcomes of this project include new mission and vision statements, a willingness to align the ministries accordingly, and a more forward looking, visionary leadership. The process of developing a well articulated mission and vision statement allowed a number of other church issues to be addressed.

The long haul: the story of successful church transformation in a New England mainline denominational setting and what your church can learn from it

Author
Kevin B Crispell
Abstract
There is a surprising dearth of literature on the actual mechanics or micro scale of church renewal and transformation. How does one go about changing one's church's bylaws, name, polity, mission statement -- even denominational affiliation? When and where does one even start? How does one accomplish these changes in a regional climate of distrust in leadership and imperviousness to change? Set in New England, a region renowned for resistance to change, this is the story of one church's successful transformation from a mainline denominational affiliation to a newly formed association of conservative churches. The author found it necessary to be willing to stay in his current pastorate for an extended period of time if he was to bring about the necessary changes. It is a story of prayer, process, and patience.

Creating a mission statement and a vision statement for the First Congregational Church-United Church of Christ-of Chicopee, Massachusetts

Author
Susanne U Hayes
Abstract
This paper examines the processes and procedures that one minister used to lead her congregation through the exercise of creating Mission and Vision Statements, that would guide this pastoral-sized church's missions and ministries into the next five to seven years. A great deal of data were gathered through a demographics survey, a spiritual gifts inventory, sermons regarding the importance of Mission and Vision Statements, and congregational meetings. Working within a theology of Love, Jesus' ideals for vision, and United Church of Christ polity. Mission and Vision Statements were created, presented, voted on unanimously, and owned by the church congregation.

The organization of the ministries of Grace Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, to fulfill the five functions of the church as stated in the mission statement

Author
William Eugene Rogers
Abstract
Grace Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, was aware that the organizational structure was inadequate for the growing opportunities of the church. A new system was needed in order to facilitate fully the five functions of the church: evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and worship. A stewardship function was added. The new ministry-team plan was formulated and adopted by the church in accordance with the new mission statement. A biblical approach was used with a practical application for an effective plan on a ministry basis. Individual team members used their gifts, talents, and expertise in various fields of ministry.

The search for identity in a small urban church

Author
Pamela J Redding
Abstract
This ethnographic study explored the use of visual media in defining congregational identity and call in a small urban Episcopal congregation. Eleven study participants photographed common parish events to communicate self-selected themes. These elements were grounded in everyday life, conveying the integration of traditional Anglican values with challenges of multicultural life in a northwest Detroit neighborhood. Through discussion and group process, a congregational mission statement evolved as "Christian community spreading out into secular community." This statement provided focus for parish leaders to move forward with unified and divine purpose.

Shifting sands: a theology of religious pluralism

Author
Allan M Gathercoal
Abstract
"How can an individual be a pluralist while continuing to affirm his/her commitment to their faith, and continuing to proclaim the truth of their faith with ardor?" This paper addresses this question and has the intention of being used by the Board of Directors of the Flying Doctors of America as a springboard from which to form a new "Position on Religion" statement.

Regaining regional influence through the creation and communication of a strategic and long range plan for a plateaued county seat First Baptist Church

Author
Timothy E Watson
Abstract
The author did an indepth analysis of First Baptist churches that were plateaued, including his own plateaued church, First Baptist Church of Longview, Texas. He developed a strategy to aid the church in getting out of the plateau and to regain regional influence. The author concluded that plateaued churches can once again grow if the correct strategy is implemented. The purposes of the project were to generate a new sense of direction and vision for specific areas within the church body that would aid it in regaining regional influence and to develop a tool to aid other churches in accomplishing the same goal. A Creative Leadership Team (CLT), a nine-person visionary team consisting of a cross-section of individuals voted on by the church, prayerfully discovered the mission and vision of First Baptist Church-Longview during the strategic planning process. It made recommendations to the church for becoming a regionally influential congregation again. The CLT facilitated this process by: (1) gaining a better understanding of the history of First Baptist Church-Longview; (2) evaluating the current ministries of the church; (3) viewing current demographics of Longview and Gregg County; (4) developing strategies on how to regain regional influence.
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