Early this summer, Covenant’s Session unanimously approved a new vision statement to help guide our church into the future. “This statement does many things,” Senior Pastor Thomas Daniel said. “It captures the core values of Covenant. It’s short enough to be remembered and it positions us to move into the future.” He added that it gives us common language to articulate who we are. Thomas explained. “The statement starts with our life together. In the first part – encouraging one another – we convey the values of family and community that members and staff often use to describe Covenant. “Followers of Jesus,” he said, “captures our unifying mission. It’s who we are: we are disciples. Encouraging one another to follow Him is how we think.”
The last part, Thomas said, emphasizes our missional sending. “This is the idea of being pointed outward, not just doing this for our own sake. As a missional church, we are sent to show others what following Jesus looks like. We are role models where we live, work and play. It’s exactly what we’ve been talking about with the Institute for Missional Leadership. The mission field is now our schools, and workplaces and neighborhoods. The last part of the statement captures that.”
where we currently live, work and play,” she said. EACH SECTION, IN DEPTH The Session spent several months discussing and getting comfortable with the statement. To help with the discernment process, Thomas, Jill and Associate Pastor Jon Wasson each presented on a section of the statement. Thomas kicked it off with an overview of the statement. Jill discussed what it means to follow Jesus and Jon covered the last part—wherever we live, work and play.
The most discussion among members of Session focused on the last part, according to AssociJill said her part was easy. She ate Pastor Jill Williams. “Session simply went to scripture, where members wanted to make sure there are countless examples that the missional sending into follow Jesus. She explained: cluded places outside our usual “Jesus’ initial summons to this routes, outside our comfort zones. participative life of imitation was As a church, that means Cuba a simple, ‘follow me.’” and Zambia, and places in Austin where we don’t usually go, such “Be compassionate as your Father as the Drag or being a mentor at is compassionate.” (Luke 6:36) Webb Middle School. It’s not just
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