From the desk of Pastor Jacob
A Church on a Mission
“I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)
What is our congregation known for? In other words, how does the community define us? We surely have an identity which is espoused in our mission statement. Paul says, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of the Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6). With that said, it is vital for us to remain conscious of, and faithful to our mission (God’s mission). And yes, that is our way of participating in God’s mission on earth.
Caldwell United Methodist Church is a community of Christians on a mission, and this mission is one of Growing, Sharing, and Leading. As we start a new year, this is a good time for us to take stock of how far we moving towards realizing our mission. Are we growing? Are sharing? Are we leading? As your pastor I have also taken time to reflect on the few years we have spent together. Yes, the church has grown in leaps and bound in sharing through the church’s missions. Yes, we have continued to provide leadership in many aspects of our community. Yes, we have received new professions of faith. But how far are we going in terms of our mission?
The growth of our church is evidenced in the statistical reports that we submit to the Annual Conference. Yet, statistics are not the only way in which our growth can be defined. Many others of our efforts cannot be quantified; our fellowship with one another, our visits to the sick in homes and hospitals, meals that we deliver to our church family during difficult times – the list goes on! As we serve other people, as we respond to community needs, as we engage in missions we, ourselves, also grow in our faith. Each one, in their own ways, we work towards the fulfilment of our mission! Are you involved? Remember, “Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord…” (Colossians 3:23)
Our challenge is to continue to see into the future, and envision for a future that we want for ourselves and for those who will come after us. The good things that are already happening must inspire us to move the church forward. Christ challenges us to make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20). As such, it is important for us to know that all that we do as we seek to fulfil our mission must be driven by a passion to initiate more people into the kingdom of God. God does not want anyone to perish, but that all people must come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9).