The mission of Harvest is “Making disciples by being disciples.” We derive our mission first from Jesus’ great commission:
“Jesus came near and said to them, ‘All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20 CSB).
The church followed Jesus’ commands. They lived as followers of Jesus, or as disciples. In verse 47, it says “Every day the Lord added to their number those that were being saved.” As a result of the earliest church being faithful disciples of Jesus, more disciples were made. This passage only emphasizes what we learn from the great commission: in order to make disciples, you must be a disciple. So at Harvest, we are committed to “making disciples by being disciples.”
This is our compass. It is the instrument by which we determine if we are heading in the right direction. We do not do anything that does not help us make disciples. We only do things that help us follow Jesus.
If the mission is our compass, then values are like a road map. They tell us how we make disciples by being disciples. Values are important because they refine and define how the mission is executed. At Harvest we value:
God’s Word; it has the final say.
Teaching that comes from the Bible.
Showing the love of Jesus and sharing the good news of Jesus.
The individual responsibility of every person to make disciples by being disciples.
Relationships that bring us closer to Jesus.
Everybody doing a little, not a few doing everything.
Taking good care of what God has given us.
Mission is our compass: it tells us which direction to go. Values are the road map: they tell us how to get there. Vision is a travel brochure. It’s a picture and explanation of where we’re going. It’s a look at what could be if we are faithful and seek the Lord’s face. Every year, we take time to look at our mission and values, and to look at the church. We look at what we’re doing well, and what we’re not doing well. We look at where we could grow as a church. We seek the Lord’s face and determine what exactly we should be doing to accomplish our mission in a way consistent with our values. Vision comes out of this. Vision can change from time to time, but it is the goal (or goals) that we seek to, with God’s help and guidance, accomplish during the year.
We want people to have more personal, evangelistic contacts that will lead to more disciple making relationships.
Create and implement a clear leadership pipeline to facilitate replicability on every level.