Renewing Strength: the Mission and Vision of Martin Luther Chapel
“but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
The mission of Martin Luther Chapel is to make disciples of
Many peoples, Learning one faith, serving others in Christ.
Because there is salvation only in Jesus Christ, we believe it is the responsibility of our church and its various agencies to make disciples of the nations:
- In our neighboring communities;
- In the relationships of our members;
- By connecting with the unchurched through the Holy Spirit’s ingenuity; and
- While retaining theological integrity and continuity of teaching and belief.
As redeemed children of God the Father, through faith in Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, we will work to become a church that continually renews its strength by God’s Word, in Baptism, and through the Lord’s Supper. It is our prayer to remain united in clear teaching and regular worship, while growing increasingly diverse, expansive, and outward-focused in our congregational life. We believe that Christ has uniquely gifted us to serve Him in this place:
- Through educational ministries (e.g. in church, school, and community);
- Through ministries of mercy (e.g. addressing single parent, lower income, and Senior citizen individuals and households);
- Through growing small groups (e.g. addressing various interests and needs and offering multiple entry points for individuals with no faith background);
- By regularly hosting community-centered outreach/service events; and
- By developing broad-based leadership and accountability within the congregation for new and existing ministries.
Benchmarks for Our Vision
It is our prayerful intention that by the end of 2011:
- Martin Luther Chapel and Christian School will realize a minimum 5% annual growth rate (in attendance and school/daycare enrollment);
- This growth will increasingly reflect the demographics of our community;
- We will have initiated baptismal renewal, exploration, conversion, and maturation in the Christian faith among at least 100 non-members and inactive members;
- 100 or more MLC members will participate in at least one Study/Fellowship/Prayer event per month (e.g. Bible study, small group, prayer events);
- We will annually host at least four community-centered events; and
- MLC and MLCS will be perceived by the community as an involved, caring, and contributing resource for helping to address the educational, spiritual, and socioeconomic health of the community.