Many churches . . .

. . . now carry a vision or mission statement. A short(ish) sentence by which the church defines its purpose; its mission. And just like ABC’s ‘be a disciple, make disciples’ these statements find their basis in scripture and are attempts to align ourselves with the missio dei – the mission of God.

The Bless Community in Northern France is an attempt to establish an evangelical foothold in a country where secularism prevails. After a number of years they have now settled on their own statement which reads, ‘Trust the Father, Receive the Spirit, Tell the Story of the Son.’ What we might take from it is that it is Trinitarian, reflecting each person of God. But this statement is also that it is active, describing how the Bless Community are choosing to live, and questioning us as to whether we too reflect such lives.


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