Terms like “values,” “mission,” and “mission pillars” are often vague and used interchangeably, so we want to define what we mean by each of them.
- Our values are the why behind our what. They are why we do what we do. They are the things that we are most passionate about, and the things we are willing to fight for, even if they are unpopular.
- Our mission is what we do and it’s what we want to be known for in our community. All of our ministries ought to easily fall in line with our mission statement.
Healthy Life Rhythms: God has created us for rest, work, and recreation.
Unconditional Relationships: Our love for others is based upon God’s love for us, not the manner in which others respond to us.
Unity: We are one with the church of God.
Movement: Jesus saved us for the works of God and His kingdom.
Engagement with Summit County: We desire to be known in Summit County and to make an impact for God’s Kingdom.
- As God's Children we provide compassion, community, and communion with Christ to the people in Summit County.
We are exactly who God says we are: His children. God sent His Son into the world to defeat the powers of sin, death, and the devil by His perfect life, death on the cross, and resurrection from the dead. (John 3:16) Through our Baptism into Christ and our faith in His words and works we have been given a relationship with God as His children. (Romans 6:3-11, 1 John 3:1-2)
Now that we are God’s children, we have been made a part of our Father’s mission. Jesus tells us that just as the Father sent Him into the world, so too He is sending us. (John 20:21) He sends us out with His authority and power to share His love and spread His kingdom. As we do this, we invite others follow Jesus and receive His gifts. We offer up the Good News to others, but we never coerce or manipulate people into believing. Our responsibility is to be witnesses for Christ. (Acts 1:8) It is not our responsibility to change people’s hearts; that is the work of the Holy Spirit. (John 3:8, John 16:7-8)
Throughout His earthly ministry Jesus felt compassion – a deep, even gut-wrenching, love – towards hurting people. He had compassion on the hurting and hungry crowds prior to the miraculous feeding of the 5,000 and 4,000. (Matthew 14:14, 15:32) Jesus had compassion on a widow whose son had just died. (Luke 7:13) He told the story of the Good Samaritan, who had compassion on the injured man. (Luke 10:33) In each instance these feelings of compassion were followed by actions: feeding the hungry, raising the dead, and caring for the injured man. At Christ Lutheran we strive to offer this same compassion as we are filled with the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
At the end of Acts chapter 2 we are given a glimpse into the life of the early church. What we see is a life in community. The church ate together, prayed together, worshipped together, and shared their possessions with each other. It was life lived together. God gave the community of the early church favor with the surrounding people and added to their number those who were being saved. The people of our world long for community, and the church gets to fulfill the longing of the world by offering it to them. As we do so at Christ Lutheran, we believe we will have favor with the outside world and see the Lord adding to our number those being saved.
When Jesus began His earthly ministry, He came proclaiming the Good News that God’s Kingdom was at hand. (Mark 1:14-15) He showed how life in the Kingdom of God is, at its core, an intimate relationship, or communion, with the Almighty. So much so that we are able to address God as Father. Jesus modeled all these things through His words, works, and ways. Ultimately, His love led Him to sacrifice Himself upon a cross so that He could pay the price for the sins of the world, and in exchange all who believe in Him could receive communion with God. The first disciples spread this Good News. (1 John 1:3) Today, we proclaim this same Good News to the world and invite all people into communion with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Just before His ascension into heaven Jesus tells the disciples how their witness of Him to the world would unfold. He tells them that they would be His witnesses in Jerusalem (where they were at the time), all Judea (the region in which Jerusalem was located), and Samaria (the region next to Judea), and then to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8) We see this play out in the book of Acts, just as Jesus foretold. Summit County is our “Jerusalem;” it’s where we are. At Christ Lutheran we strive to offer compassion, community, and communion with Christ first and foremost to the people in Summit County. As we do mission and ministry in Summit County we must remain aware of the unique challenges of our seasonal and transient culture. We must also be sensitive to the diverse people in our midst: from native Coloradans to immigrants from other nations, from weekend visitors from the Front Range to part-time residents from around the world, and everyone in between. Just as the early church was only able to carry out their work by the power of the Holy Spirit, so too we depend on Him to work in us and through us to reach the people of Summit County.