Why does the church exist? According to Matthew's Gospel, the risen Christ made it clear: "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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you" (28:19-20).
Based on this "Great Commission," our United Methodist Church has stated its purpose: "The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs" (From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church-2008, p. 87. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission).
So the mission of our congregation is to make disciples. This is a four-fold task... We could abbreviate our mission as one of welcoming-worshiping-nurturing-sending. (See The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church-2008, p. 88, and Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation, 2005-2008.