St Paul UMC’s Vision Statement
After the Church Council approved a coached vision process 2018; “Does your church have prayer in mission toward the promised land," earlier this year, the Promised Land Taskforce Team of 13 members was formed to work on Phase one of visioning and discerning the purpose of the church. During the past six months, along with congregational bible study and prayer, the taskforce team has come to a consensus on forming the vision of our church.
St Paul United Methodist Church envisions, “Growing into a most joyful and vibrant Christian community, unified in loving service to our neighbors, to the glory of God.”
The characteristic of this vision statement is based on Jesus’ vision in his prayer John 17, his priestly prayer for his disciples.
“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” (John 17:13-19, NIV)
This vision statement is divided into three ideas: “Live in,” “Live out,” and “for the glory of God.”
We live in the joy of Jesus Christ in the life of St Paul Church. We envision St Paul to be a joyful congregation. Joy is a spiritual dynamic that characterizes St Paul church. We St Paul are called to grow into the full measure of Christ’s joy within us.
Secondly, we live out for the community, our neighbors, as Jesus sent us into the world, sending us out of the church walls. We are united in love to serve our neighbors in Jesus’ name.
Thirdly, Glorifying God is our conclusive purpose. We live for the glory of God. We love for the glory of God. We serve for the glory of God. Jesus prayed, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” (John 17:4, NIV). Glorifying God is our deepest purpose that points us to meditate on who we are and why we are doing what we are doing in mission and ministry of the church.
We pray that God help us to grow and see where God is leading St Paul church to.
“It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13, NIV)