Our Mission Statement, which highlights our predominant vision and the centrality of Jesus Christ, is:
Following Jesus, permeating society, transforming lives … together.
We are by God’s grace “following Jesus” so that we will ‘grow up into (union with) Him who is the Head, that is, Christ’ (Ephesians 4:15).
We are “permeating society,” as Christ’s ambassadors, working with him ‘to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ’ (Ephesians 1:10), because God has given us ‘the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ’ (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
We seek to engage with the person of the Spirit in his work of “transforming lives” so ‘that we may present everyone perfect (i.e., complete and mature) in (their union with) Christ’ (Col 1:28), doing this ‘with all his energy’ (Colossians 1:29).
Finally, we work and worship “together” because Jesus prayed, ‘that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you’ (John 17:21), that we may ‘be brought to complete unity’ (John 17:23); and because ‘we are members of his body’ (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:30).
At the centre of everything that MPBC is (our being) and does (our ministry) is a person: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is our vision. We are part of His body in the world, participating in the Father’s work by the Spirit.
There are nine key areas that shape our direction and fulfil our strategic intent. Our Vision and Mission along with these overarching strategic areas of focus inform all of our ministries.
We acknowledge our dependence on the Holy Spirit for our participation in God’s transforming mission. Every aspect of life and work in our church will be bathed in prayer to our Father through Jesus Christ by the Spirit.
Our love and care for one another is central to who we are in Christ. Access to pastoral care is vital for all members of the church family and our heart is to reach out in love to those in wider community as the Lord leads. Small groups are the heartbeat of the church, an opportunity for people to grow together in Christ as they fellowship, worship, pray, study the Scriptures, share, listen to one another and receive and give pastoral care.
These Sunday gatherings are a critical part of our body life together. Their primary purpose is to meet with Christ, edify and equip and build up each other and to glorify God. These gatherings will also proclaim Christ to those not yet Christians.
We seek a Christian community with a strong sense of family and inclusivity, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, social/economic standing or ability. Our heart is to know and experience the diversity of the body of Christ and recognise the immense value of families and generations doing life together.
We are participants in God’s transformational purposes in Christ. God’s heart is to continue to transform us into His image as we grow and mature in Him; God is more interested in character and maturity than skills and performance. Our ministry is participation in God’s work of transforming the community of faith until we are blameless at the coming of Christ; we are yet individually and corporately unfinished work living in the “already” but “not yet” of the kingdom of God.
We seek to actively participate in God’s mission to unify all creation in Christ, whether it be locally, nearby regions or globally, seeking always to empower and equip those whom God is calling to serve. Our heart is to go out into the world and share Christ’s life with others that they may know and experience God for themselves.
We highly value unity both within our local body and beyond to other churches. We will seek every opportunity to express this practically, serving together and encouraging one another. The growth of healthy relationships in every aspect of church life will be our goal.
We recognise good healthy communication is essential to our effective functioning as a church community and we commit to continually updating and seeking to improve our communication channels and their effectiveness.
We recognise the importance of providing quality operational and administrative support to each ministry area for the efficient and effective operation of the church. Our back office and related systems and procedures are vital to ensuring the proper delivery of our ministries and the good stewardship of our resources.
As followers of Jesus, we hold that: