THE VISION, MISSION & VALUES OF THE MBC MISSIONARY STAFF
A Word From the Executive Director
Nearly 185 years ago Missouri Baptists sensed the urgency of the gospel and the value of working together to carry out the Great Commission. As a result, they formed the “Central Association,” a forerunner of the Missouri Baptist Convention, to promote the preaching of the gospel within the state’s boundaries.
It was a simple, compelling mission that still matters today, especially when it bumps up against the well-intentioned busyness of “doing ministry.” Your MBC missionary staff has wrestled with the rediscovery of our historic roots and pioneer mission. As a result, we have restated our vision and mission.
The vision of the MBC staff is both simple and compelling: Transforming lives and communities with the gospel. The mission of the MBC staff explains how your state missionaries strive toward this preferred future: Cooperating with Missouri Baptists to make disciples, multiply churches, and develop leaders.
That’s the reason the MBC was founded in 1835. And it’s the reason Missouri Baptists labor together for this moment in Kingdom history – for our communities, the heartland, and the ends of the earth.
Dr. John Yeats
The vision of the MBC missionary staff is … Transforming lives and communities with the gospel.
The vision statement describes why the MBC exists as an organization and what the missionary staff desires for the Lord to accomplish through them. They are committed to working strategically with Missouri Baptists to be the hands and feet of Jesus on earth until He returns as King.
The MBC’s mission is simple and grounded in the convention’s history:
All MBC staff members are missionaries, cooperating with Missouri Baptists to make disciples, multiply churches, and develop leaders.
The mission statement describes who the state missionaries are, what they do, how they do it, and the value they bring to Missouri Baptists.
The opening words of the mission statement define who the MBC staff members are: Missionaries – called by God to devote their spiritual gifts and talents vocationally to the gospel ministry in Missouri.
Their mission is to cooperate with Missouri Baptists, using the financial, ministry, and human resources entrusted to the MBC staff to foster a cooperative spirit among the people. They are firmly convinced that Missouri Baptists can accomplish more together than any single believer or local church could accomplish alone.
The MBC missionaries cooperate with Missouri Baptists to make disciples, multiply churches, and develop leaders.
Making disciples means following Jesus, modeling our lives after Him, and obeying His command to help others become disciples of Christ.
Multiplying churches means fostering healthy churches that plant other healthy church-planting churches here, there, and everywhere.
Developing leaders means equipping and strengthening today’s churches and church leaders; discovering the next generation of leaders and preparing them to serve; and mobilizing leaders for Kingdom service in every sphere of influence.
Our Core Values
All MBC missionaries are:
- Devoted followers of Christ
- Committed to cooperation
- Engaged in missional living
These core values define the behaviors that each state missionary must exhibit daily. As devoted followers of Christ, they seek a deeper relationship with Him, a more consistent spiritual walk, a bold testimony, a passionate desire to see the lost won to Christ, and a steady trust that the Lord is working in and through them to bring glory to His name.
As believers committed to cooperation, they belong to local MBC churches that are actively, generously, and sacrificially connected with other MBC churches to accomplish the Great Commission.
As Christians engaged in missional living, they understand that God is a missional God – One who sent His Son to redeem a lost world. In a similar way, they pattern their lives after what God has done in Jesus.
How does the MBC missionary team measure its success? The ministry strategies are grouped into five “strategic anchors” that help them stay true to the vision and mission. Simply, MBC missionaries succeed when they:
Exalt Christ. This means making Him first in their lives, acknowledging that He reigns as King today from heaven and in our hearts, and one day will return to reign over a restored creation.
Focus on the Kingdom. This means passionately pursuing the will of God on earth as it is in heaven; understanding that while they cooperate with Missouri Baptists, the kingdom of God is larger than any state, national, or global network.
Promote and model the Great Commission. Making disciples is in the DNA of every MBC missionary; it is a passion that permeates everything they do and defines them everywhere they go. Their relationship with Christ is personal but not private.
Think and act from a biblical perspective. This means all MBC activities are grounded in God’s Word. The hopes and dreams of the missionary staff are brought into focus through the lens of His written revelation.
Foster a cooperative spirit among Missouri Baptists. The task of carrying out the Great Commission is too great for any single believer, local church, association of churches, or state convention to accomplish on its own. So MBC missionaries submit to the Lordship of Jesus and join hands with other like-minded followers of Christ.
The MBC missionary staff is one team with six strategic emphases to carry out its vision and mission. A strategic leader, or director, is responsible for each strategic emphasis.
A Shared Vision
The vision of transforming lives and communities with the gospel belongs to your state missionaries; they own it and are responsible for carrying it out. The mission, likewise, is theirs: to cooperate with Missouri Baptists to make disciples, multiply churches, and develop leaders.
An Executive Board, elected by Missouri Baptists, governs the MBC staff and has endorsed the strategic direction of the convention team. While the vision and mission apply solely to your state missionaries, they believe the vision and mission reflect the heart of all Missouri Baptists.
The MBC values the Baptist distinctives of local church autonomy and voluntary cooperation. As the MBC staff moves forward, each missionary covets your prayers, values your support, and rejoices in the privilege of serving the Lord by working with you to transform lives and communities with the gospel.
The bottom line is that MBC missionaries are seeking to be the best possible stewards of the resources Missouri Baptists have entrusted to us; to carry out their historic mission of making disciples, multiplying churches, and developing leaders; and to strategically
lead all Missouri Baptists to transform lives and communities with the gospel.