Mission and Values Feedback
Beginning on January 6, we enter the season of Epiphany in the church. It is the season in which we remember the call of the disciples and the launch of Jesus’ ministry and mission. It is a natural time to reflect on our own mission and values as a church.
In 2010, the Vestry and congregation adopted a set of core values and a five-year strategic plan. At the time, we chose to keep our prior mission statement intact. Eight years later, we have fulfilled most of the key priorities in that strategic plan. Meanwhile, our congregation has continued to grow and change, with plenty of new, wonderful faces of every age. Cherished traditions and ministries endure while new ones emerge. Hopefully, our mission and core values remain steady and true to who we are, but it is important for any organization to revisit those guiding principles from time to time to ensure their continued relevance.
Looking beyond our church to the broader society, it also seems a good moment to take stock. This is a polarizing time in our country. Entrenched political parties are entering an election year, as tensions mount at home and abroad. Divisive conversations about race and religion, sexuality and discrimination echo through the courts, legislatures, and the public square. Instances of gun violence and terrorist attacks continue to spark fear and concern.
In these uncertain days, it seems important to remember who we are as the church. We are called to engage with the needs and cares of the world – not by choosing sides in partisan battles, but rather by seeking to serve Christ in all persons and proclaiming the love and mercy of God. In other words, in tense times it is all the more critical to focus on our core mission, to be clear about what binds us together in community and also what sends us out in ministry to the world.
The Vestry and I want to invite you into this process of reflection. Below you will find our mission statement, tagline, and our core values. During this season of Epiphany, we invite you to ponder them. How do they speak to you? Are they the right ones for us today? How can we live into them together? We will highlight a different aspect of our mission and values each of the six Sundays in Epiphany. As you engage with them, we hope that you will offer your feedback. Please use the questions on the online form as prompts for any thoughts and input you have. Your responses will be reviewed by the Vestry as they evaluate our mission and shape our priorities for the new year and beyond. Thank you for your participation!
St. Andrew’s is a parish of worship, spiritual growth, acceptance and healing centered in the Eucharist. We reach beyond ourselves, striving to allow God to work through our hands as Christ’s own. In our role as stewards of God’s gifts we embrace a comprehensive concept of stewardship as central to our ministry. As a place of hope for all people, we celebrate with joy through grace our oneness in Christ.
St. Andrew’s is a neighborhood church with a heart for the world.
Spirit of Warmth and Welcome
We strive to love widely and deeply. We are an inclusive parish, comprised of people of all stages and walks of life. We bear witness to God’s love by aiming to provide a place of hospitality, healing, and hope for everyone who comes through our doors.
Call to Mission and Ministry
We endeavor to reach beyond ourselves. The stained glass windows in our sanctuary depict scenes from Matthew 25, in which Jesus commends those who nourish the hungry and thirsty, care for the sick and needy, visit the prisoner, and welcome the stranger. These images inspire and define our call to ministry in the world.
Each week we come together to seek solace and renewal in the healing power of the Holy Eucharist. Our celebration of thanksgiving for Christ’s resurrection binds us as a community, lifts our hearts, and enlivens our faith, and we carry that faith into our daily lives and work.
Inquiring Minds and Open Hearts
We bring inquiring minds and open hearts to our journeys of faith. We know that we do not have all the answers and we enjoy exploring the questions as we seek a deeper knowledge and love of God.
Sense of Beauty and Wonder
We value the simple elegance and ritual of Episcopal worship. We appreciate the beauty of sacred music, the familiarity of our prayers, and the comfort and tradition of our sanctuary. We also celebrate the wonder of God’s creation by using our flowers and gardens as instruments of praise.