‘Purpose’ answers the question, ‘why do we exist?’. As a Christian community our purpose is determined by God and given to us in the great commandments:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37);
“Love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
and the great commission:
Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
The leaders of St Paul’s have agreed the following statement which sets out our purpose as a church:
St Paul's seeks to be an all-age multicultural community of Christians committed to worshipping God, loving our neighbour, and enabling people to become life-long followers of Jesus Christ.
This purpose statement emphasizes that we seek to be:
- an all-age and multicultural community in which people of all ages, social backgrounds and ethnicities are welcome;
- not an organization or institution but a community to which people belong and contribute;
- a community of Christians whose life is shaped by the person of Jesus Christ;
- committed to fulfilling our calling as a community;
- devoted to worshipping God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
- characterised by loving our neighbour and so expressing Christ’s care for those near and far and in word and deed; and
- dedicated to nurturing life-long followers who not only respond to the call of Christ but also grow up into maturity in Christ.