Word Up: Mission and Vision

“Grandads Bluff Red-Haired Girl,” by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Churches need to take a look around once in a while.  Proverbs 29:18 suggests, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.“ (KJV). How’s the view?

As Onalaska UMC prepares for the next few years, our leaders have adopted a new mission statement: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the              transformation of the world.” That sounds familiar because we are borrowing it from The United Methodist Church, which borrowed it from Jesus, who took his disciples up on a mountaintop for a good look around and told them, “Go and make disciples of all [people], baptizing them… and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:18-19 NRSV)

How will OUMC make disciples and transform the world? With a new mission, it is time for a new vision. Our vision is the statement of how we’ll use our congregation’s unique gifts and passions to address the specific needs of our community in order to make disciples and transform the world.

In order to develop a clear vision, we need to stop, climb above the clouds of daily distractions, and take a good look at ourselves and our community. We are inviting all congregation members to join us during Lent for a sermon series on vision, opportunities to pray and dream and focus, and then a retreat on Saturday, March 17, as we put words to our vision for the future of OUMC.

“Open our eyes that we may see.” Come, Holy Spirit, come!

Pastor Park