It is good for us to review our navigational statements. In them we are reminded of why we exist, our vision, and the strategy for accomplishing that which God has set before us. Following is a summary of the statements adopted by the church.
Purpose: First Baptist Church Clinton, Missouri exists to fulfill the Great Commission by loving people into a growing relationship with Jesus.
Vision: Our vision is to bring glory to God by carrying out his command to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8). Specifically, we believe God has called us to focus on reaching people in Clinton, Missouri and the surrounding areas who do not regularly attend any church.
In order to accomplish the vision our Church will attract pre-Christians and love them into a growing relationship with Jesus in a spiritual environment where they can become completely committed Christians.
- Because God is seeking worshippers, we will seek to attract people through creative inspiring worship.
- Because God is calling out a people, we will seek to help people grow toward spiritual maturity.
- Because Jesus was the model of servanthood, we will help people discover their spiritual gifts and use them in ministry.
- Because God’s people are sent, we will equip people to make disciples.
Missions Directive: We shall seek to fulfill the Great Commission following the pattern of Acts 1:8. We will form strategic partnerships with existing churches or organizations to accomplish our mission. Henry County is our Jerusalem, North America is our Judea, our Samaria is anyone who is different from us, and the people groups of the world represent “the ends of the earth.”
Strategy: Our strategy is to attract pre-Christians and introduce them to faith in Jesus Christ and church membership, to help them grow toward spiritual maturity, equip them for ministry and send them out as disciple makers.
I am really glad I am part of a church seeking to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.