The scripture references used are from Romans 12:2,3,5 (King James Version).
Your Churches Mission Statement Should be…
#1 True to the Churches Calling
Verse 2- And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Descriptive and Distinguishing
Your mission statement should reflect that your Church recognizes that there is a, “good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” If your Church goes online and copies a mission statement from another Church then they are missing out on a chance to separate themselves as an individual body that has a specific calling.
#2 True in the Eyes of the Churches Community
Verse 3- For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think…
Observable and Obvious
People often want their mission in life to sound important, but not everyone wants to sacrifice the things that really make them happy in order to accomplish their stated mission. Churches can fall into this trap as well. The leaders of the Church can come together, and work tirelessly on developing a mission statement that sounds just how they think a churches mission statement should sound, but spend little time considering what a person looking in from the outside would say that there mission statement was if they had to guess. What would the community say your churches mission statement was based on their experience with the Church?
#3 True About the Church Collectively
Verse 5- So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Appropriate and Allow for Accountability
The mission statement should collectively represent the personal mission of the individuals who make up the church body at that time. If your mission statement only truly reflects the actions of a handful of members then it needs to be changed. This will allow those who read your mission statement to determine whether or not your mission aligns with their calling, and whether or not this church would be a good fit for them.