Mission Statement, Vision and Values of St James'
Our Mission Statement for St. James is Living the Life.
It is based on Jesus' promise in John 10:10: "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." (NIV).
The life he offers is both quantitative - eternal - and qualitative - full - and he has raised up the church to both live, maintain and share that life with others. But what does the Church look like that has this life?
On the Day of Pentecost the life Jesus was referring to came to the church in the Person, presence and power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-11) . On that day 3000 souls were added to the church. As the first converts met in each others' homes (Acts 2:42-47), we see four characteristics or 'marks' beginning to emerge. They learnt together (Acts 2:42), served together (Acts 2:42, 44-46), evangelised together (Acts 2:42-47) and worshipped together (Acts 2:42-47).
Taking these four marks together with our Mission Statement, our Vision, therefore is to become a church that is committed to:
- Knowing the Life through Learning
- Showing the Life through Service
- Sowing the Life through Evangelism and
- Growing the Life through Worship.
Therefore our values or guiding principles are as follows:
- We value Scripture and are committed to being guided by its principles and to proclaim its message as the means to revive, restore and redeem. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) In the words of Article VI of the Thirty Nine Articles of the Anglican Church:
Holy Scripture contains all things necessary for salvation. Consequently whatever is not read in Scripture nor can be proved from Scripture cannot be demanded from any person to believe it as an article of the faith. Nor is any such thing to be thought necessary or required for salvation.
- We value Prayer as a daily obedient response to God, which He honours and to which He responds and acts in our best interest. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- We value Worship in two respects.
First as an event that draws people to God as the only One who deserves whole-hearted adoration. And so we want our worship to inspire, encourage and bring people into an encounter with the Holy Trinity.
And second, worship as giving all that we are worth, to all that He is worth, in everything we are and do. (Acts 2:42- 47, Psalm 150)
- We value Service as a means of working out our calling to love God and neighbour. (Luke 10:27)
- We value Evangelism as a fulfilling of Jesus' great commission to "Go and make disciples of all nations..." We want to tell others about his life-giving resurrection of Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
- We value the Family unit as the foundation and building block of society leading to the healthy development and wellbeing of all future generations.(Genesis 6:8,22:18. 1 Chronicles 17:24-27)
- We value the Church as God's means of
First, modelling a community of love and fellowship to a selfish and increasingly disconnected world. And second, being salt and light to the world. (John 13:35, Matthew 6:13-16)
- We value Spiritual Formation through discipleship as a means of becoming more and more like Jesus. The Christian life is a joyous call to one long adventure of learning, discovery and growth. (Matthew 11:29-30, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
- We value the Lordship of Jesus over our lives, our money and our possessions. We own nothing ourselves - we owe everything to Him. (Romans 10:9, 1 Chronicles 29:14)
- We value the Person and gifts of the Holy Spirit who empowers His Church in worship, prayer, evangelism and service.