In 2014 a Vision Team was formed for the purpose of coming up with a Vision for Parker Road Baptist Church (PRBC). This Vision would encompass what an ideal future would look like for PRBC (Vision Statement), what we would be doing to accomplish that future (Mission Statement), and our core values under-girding who we are and why we do what we do (Values Statement).
Our Vision Statement is very simple – “Our desire is to know Jesus and to make Him known.” As we look down the road two or three or even ten years into the future, we want PRBC to be a people who desire to know Jesus and to make Him known to others. This is the Great Commission.
Our Mission Statement is also very simple. Our Mission Statement says what we are going to be engaged in daily, weekly, even monthly in order to accomplish our vision. Our mission statement says that, “We are incorporating people into the body of Christ equipping them for service, fellowship, and worship.” This is also the Great Commission.
Finally, our Values Statement serve as the basis, the foundation, of who we are and why we do what we do. These are our foundational beliefs yet are in a very simple form. They are, Exalt the Father; Endure for the Faith; Edify the Family.
- Exalt the Father Psalm 99:5 5 Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His footstool— He is holy (NKJV).
We exalt God because He is holy.
- Endure for the Faith Revelation 14:12 12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus (ESV). In a culture that is opposed to God and to our faith, we endure for the faith, handed down to the saints that we might be equipped for service and building up of the body of Christ.
- Edify the Family Romans 14:19 19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another (NKJV). We seek to edify up the body as we together serve the community and world in which we live.
The Vision Team believes that we are not to return to the past, but rather that God wants us to move forward into the future engaging the community and the world making disciples. To make disciples we must first be engaged in evangelism. Evangelism is sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in whatever way works for you – door-to-door visits, servant-evangelism, store-front evangelism, or just making friends with your neighbors. Along with evangelism is, of course, discipleship which is teaching new (and maybe even not-so-new) believers the basics of the Gospel so that they can, in turn, share the Gospel AND disciple new believers who can, in turn, do the same. Since the Great Commission is what we are to be about, every activity and event will be evaluated regarding its evangelistic effectiveness/impact. Those events or activities with little to no evangelistic impact will either be changed to have evangelistic effectiveness or ended.
We also realize that there is another vital activity that must be part of every believer’s life and that is prayer. If Jesus’ habit was to arise early well before sun up to pray, prayer must be important. The Vision Team recommended that the church recognize the need for more emphasis on prayer in every aspect of the life of the church and support actions that are taken to bring more focus on prayer. This includes incorporating more prayer into the worship service which means that worship leaders (and all worshipers present) not focus on the length of the worship time but rather on the worship itself. So that the nursery workers do not miss out on the entire worship service, everyone, children and nursery workers, will stay in the worship center for the music portion of the worship and only preschool children and nursery workers will leave at the conclusion of the worship in music portion of the service.
To introduce all of this to the members, a series of sermons covering the Mission, Vision, and Values began on Sunday, January 3, 2016. The first three sermons will cover the Value Statements followed by a sermon on the Vision Statement, and concluded by a sermon on the Mission Statement. The first sermon on “Exalt the Father” can be found on our website at: http://parkerroadbc.com/exalt-the-father/. All the sermons will be uploaded within a few days after they are presented.
I hope you will consider being part of this rejuvenation of Parker Road Baptist Church. It is our hope that 2016 will see change and growth at Parker Road Baptist Church and that God might call you to be part of it.