At the 2015 MBC Annual Meeting, Executive-director John Yeats highlighted the reorientation of the MBC staff around a mission grounded in the historical purpose for which the convention was founded, and a clear and compelling vision for the future.Tracing the MBC’s purpose back to its founding as the “Central Association” in 1835, Yeats demonstrated that the convention staff has existed from the beginning to make disciples, multiply churches, and develop leaders.
In 2014, Yeats commissioned a survey of Missouri Baptist church leaders. He also formed a study group to research additional data from focus groups and personal visits with hundreds of pastors and lay leaders.
The results showed many positive trends but also revealed a drift away from the historic purpose for which the convention was founded. Consequently, Yeats has led a reorientation of the convention staff. One essential component is the MBC missionary staff’s vision and mission.
The vision: Transforming lives and communities with the gospel.
The mission: We are missionaries cooperating with Missouri Baptists to make disciples, multiply churches, and develop leaders.
Yeats has called on Missouri Baptists to embrace this common vision and mission.
The links below provide more information about how Missouri Baptists are working together to transform lives and communities with the gospel by making disciples, multiplying churches, and developing leaders.
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Download this booklet to read personal perspectives on the MBC’s reorientation from the convention staff’s strategic leaders. These Q&As appeared in The Pathway and feature Dr. John Yeats, executive director, and four other MBC leaders.
- Reorient: The Vision, Mission & Values of the MBC Missionary Staff (.pdf)
- Our Playbook: The vision and mission of the MBC missionary staff (.pdf)
- Our Playbook: Explained (.pdf)
- Missouri Baptists: Transforming Lives and Communities with the Gospel (.pdf)
- Non-Negotiable Traits for MBC Missionaries (.pdf)
- MBC structure 2016 (.pdf)
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For Further Reading
Here’s a partial listing of books the MBC missionary staff found helpful in developing a new vision and mission statement. The books also helped MBC leaders reorient the MBC staff around our new vision and mission.
- Missouri Baptist Centennial 1906 Book
- Leading Change by John P. Kotter
- Our Iceberg is Melting by John P. Kotter
- The Heart of Change by John P. Kotter
- A Sense of Urgency by John P. Kotter
- Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
- Start with Why by Simon Sinek
- Transformational Discipleship by Eric Geiger, Michael Kelley, and Philip Nation
- Mission Drift by Peter Greer and Chris Horst
- Making Vision Stick by Andy Stanley
- Visioneering by Andy Stanley
- The Great Evangelical Recession by John S. Dickerson
- Practicing Greatness by Reggie McNeal
- Kingdom Come by Reggie McNeal
- The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
- Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni
- Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni
- Not Like Me by Eric Michael Bryant
- Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
- The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom