At Narellan Congregational Church (NCCC), in order to attain our vision, we focus our efforts towards the following:
Being witnesses (Ac 1:8), ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20) and friends of Jesus (Jn 15:15), as we go in and to the world (Mt 28:18-20), we encourage and equip others to love God completely, to love self correctly, and to love others compassionately.
A vision statement is an important tool, for it reminds us of our purpose. If we have no purpose, what are we even doing?
A vision statement then is not a goal we achieve but a state we aim to achieve. It expresses what we want to be and what we want to be like.
A mission statement is the next tool in our belt. In cooperation with a vision statement, it further answers the question, “Why?”, and provides a glimpse of “What?” Why do we want to be the kind of community of faith our vision statement describes and what are we going to do to get there?
We want to be the kind of community described in our vision statement because we believe we are called to be witnesses, ambassadors, and friends of Jesus, as we go in and to the world (e.g., our neighbourhood of Camden-Narellan). What will we do? We will encourage and equip each other, and others, to love God, love one another, and love our neighbours.
A witness is someone who has seen, touched, tasted, heard, experienced something and has lived to tell the tale. Indeed they feel compelled to tell the tale. An ambassador is a citizen of one country who encourages and equips others to live and do business with that country. Jesus wants us to know him as friends. And friends do things for each other, they help and support, they encourage and challenge. They are certainly not shy in talking of their friendship.
These three images are key metaphors for describing the call upon, and motivation of, every son and daughter of God. These images inspire us to live our life and faith ‘out loud’, and with integrity.
People don’t buy what you do but why you do it and what you do simply serves as the proof of what you believe.Simon Sinek