Category Archives: Purpose Statement

. . . And Missions

A few years ago two students at Stanford, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, wrote the following mission statement: “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” The result was Mission accomplished. Fortune 500 companies, the armed forces, and scores of churches … Continue reading

. . . In Ministry

If you listen closely, you can almost hear the evangelical church hijacking the term “ministry.” In one such misappropriation a pastor approaches a younger man who happens to love Jesus, furrows his brow, and probes, “Young man, have you been called to the ministry?” as … Continue reading


A Google search of “together” yields 1.93 billion results. Everything from definitions to musical lyrics to social activity to global projects to urban building initiatives bandy the word “together.” With the desire to popularize an activity or idea, “together” provides a warm feeling, a united … Continue reading

. . . who joyfully serve Christ . . .

We purpose to make disciples who joyfully serve Christ together in ministry and missions. One could argue that community service and restoration are in vogue activities in today’s culture. The last twenty-five years of legislation seems to support such a viewpoint. Yet, many give little … Continue reading

We Purpose to Make Disciples

“We purpose to make disciples.” That’s the first clause in South Woods’ purpose statement and the consideration of this series of posts. Purpose has to do with our aim, our passion—so much more than simply our duty. There’s nothing inherently wrong with duty. We’re thankful … Continue reading

Purpose for a Purpose Statement

A church—any church, one would assume, should be consistently identified in every region and culture. If you saw a sign or heard the name “church” used, you would immediately know what was meant. But such an assumption surely disappoints! Aside from the use of church in any … Continue reading