Our church’s mission is about building community. It is clear from the biblical witness “Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common.” (Acts 4:32) that this is what we are called to do. Therefore, what our vision of community is and what are dreams for our community are, become a very important part of how we go about ministry.
Building community also necessitates the pastor and parishioners being “in” the community: at the school, at the library, at the post office, at the local diner, at the town office–places where ministry happens outside the walls of the church. This is our mission.