Steve here… In my President’s address at our 2012 Fellowship National Conference, I asked everyone what their shadow mission was. Most devoted Christians know what their New Commission, New Commandment mission is, but we seem to default far too often to our “shadow mission”.
My shadow mission is often just 10% off my true mission; it causes me to drift from God. We spend our time, talent and treasure on our shadow mission. Have you ever said your shadow mission out loud? My shadow mission can become my real mission.
Everyone has a shadow mission: “Chasing after ease and comfort anywhere I can find it!” Churches have shadow missions: “Successfully avoiding conflict since 1978!” Church Denominations can have shadow missions: “Majoring in the minors since 1953!”
Church-health consultants tell us that the average North American church has a life cycle of 70 years. Our Fellowship of churches is headed into our 62nd year; according to these consultants, we’re about to enter palliative care.
We need to regroup and retool for the future. Over the past two years, our Fellowship Movement has undergone a process of asking ourselves “who we are” and “what we do”. The process included surveying, focus groups and gatherings to retrieve the collective wisdom of our pastors and people. The Spirit of God wonderfully directed the process.
On our website www.wearethefellowship.ca you’ll find the fruit of this great effort, the Fellowship Direction Document. This document serves as our “Statement of Mission” as a Movement. It is not a National, Regional, Association or even local church document… it is a Statement of Mission for our ENTIRE Movement of churches.
It clarifies our mission as a Movement of churches, identifying who we are and what we do—and hopefully saves us from unnecessary distractions and dangers.
Please pass the FDD along to others who love the Fellowship. I also encourage you to view a brief video on the same website (www.wearethefellowship.ca) that provides more information on this valuable document. Possibly consider showing the video during your Sunday worship service, or during your membership classes, board meeting, or congregational meeting.
Have a blessed week,