More Than a Motto

What does a church do? What does it stand for? What are you about?

These are questions that folks-inside-a-church imagine folks-outside-the-church are asking. Before someone visits, we on the inside suppose, they want to know something about who we are.

Northminster is a Purpose Driven church, we explain. We have a (lengthy!) purpose statement* that describes the things we do. And that’s a good thing for those of us inside—it helps to keep us on track and gives us a way to monitor the health of our congregation. But I’m not so sure it helps someone on the outside know who we are.

Over the years we have crafted vision statements and mission statements, and, frankly, statements can get a little confusing.

So, one sabbath while I was unplugged from the world, I asked God how to express what Northminster is about in the simplest way possible. I was given: Love God. Love People. Transform Lives.

These 6 words are more than a motto for us. You could say it’s our DNA. Love God and Love People summarize the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39). Transform Lives is what the Great Commission is about (Matthew 28:19-20).

During the messages this month I’m going to unpack these three phrases. I hope you’ll join Northminster in worship and see what it means for a church to Love God, Love People and Transform Lives.

*Our Purpose:  To bring people to Jesus and membership in His family, develop them to Christ-like maturity, and equip them for their ministry in the church and their life mission in the world, in order to magnify God’s name.
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One Response to More Than a Motto

  1. Kasey Buckland says:

    I love it! I’d always wondered the ‘backstory’ of our motto! Really looking forward to the series!

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