A mission statement can be powerful... or impotent, depending on how it is crafted and whether or not it is actually used regularly as a guardrail for all the energy of the organization.
This statement informs everything we do. It reflects our understanding of 'why we exist' as an organization. This is the starting point and safeguard as we plan, work and connect with God and with each other.
If Mission is what we DO, Vision asks the question, "What will the landscape look like in 3-5 years if we are faithful to our Mission?"
1) If we are faithful to our Mission, the landscape will be full of men who are coming alive (experiencing genuine change over time), equipped to live out their mission on behalf of the Kingdom of God.
This is hard to quantify. how do you put a number on the depth of the 'well of living water' that flows from the innermost being of a man who is being restored?
We are contending for the restoration of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, inviting men out of isolation into "Communities on Mission", equipping them to be the fathers, husbands, warriors and sons they were meant to be. These men are hungry and thirsty for the Life that comes only from God - not working for God or simply being used by God but men walking with God as his Intimate Allies. In short, men living in union with God ("He is my Life") also live in solidarity with one another ("I've got your back").
2) God loves to hide things. He is 'into' Mystery. He hides things (deep truth, revelation, spiritual keys to discovering More LIFE) SO THAT we will find them. And in finding THEM, we find HIM. The Dad who plays 'hide & seek' with his kids does so for the JOY that he knows his kids will experience when they find him in his secret hiding place.
And He loves to RESTORE things that are lost. Much of the beauty of the gospel has been lost over the centuries. Religion has taken its place. We contend that God is IN THE PROCESS of using restored men to re-discover the beauty & power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is that kind of life that flies in the face of trend in the current Christian culture to 'seem and not to be'. Timothy said it directly and forcefully:
"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
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