Mission and Vision: Simply Put

Craig Carter, Lead Pastor

The LHUMC Mission is: Make disciples of Jesus Christ who bring God’s love and life to their community and world.

This mission statement is based on a couple of key scriptures: The first one is the Great Commission where Jesus told His followers… “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19 NIV). And since our mission is an extension of Christ’s own mission, we need to accomplish it the same way He did. “This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his one and only Son into the world so that we could have life through him.” (1 John 4:9 NCV). So, just as Jesus made disciples by bringing God’s love and life to Planet Earth, we are to go and do likewise

The mission is unchanging – it is the same for all Christians, in all places, in all times. However, the way in which that mission (of making disciples) is practically lived out does change. It is different for us than it is for folks living in Africa, or any other location. Even for our church, it changes and evolves over time. We’re not going to make disciples today the same way it was done a century ago. So, in addition to a stated mission, every Body of believers needs a vision as well. In the recent past (for five years to be exact), our congregation has been driven by a 2020 Vision which is to be a fruitful congregation for Christ. Given the changing environment in which we are currently operating, we’re now revising that vision. The mission is the what (that never changes), the vision is the how (that does).

Our new LHUMC vision statement is: Love God and love others in life-giving ways.

While our mission is based on the Great Commission, our vision is rooted in another of Jesus’ teachings called the Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39 NIV). It is secondarily grounded in the reality that Jesus not only demonstrated God’s love, He also brought life, real life, to people (“I have come that you may have life…”)

So, to put it as simply as possible: Our goal is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. We do that by loving God and loving others in life-giving ways.