Ten-Year Goals, 1985

Call

We believe God is calling the Mennonite Church in North America to expand our local and global witness of the kingdom of God to the world, joyfully inviting all people to share salvation and life with us under the lordship of Jesus Christ.

Confession

Too often we have been unfaithful in this calling. And too often we have managed God's resources as if they were our own.

Challenge

The challenge to us now--as individuals, congregations, conferences, and churchwide agencies--is to set directions for growth in faithful stewardship and worldwide witness during the next ten years. We approach the task as God's servants, empowered by the Holy Spirit, participating in the vision of Revelation 5:9 when worshipers from every race, language, people, and nation together serve our God.

Witness

We pray that personal and congregational renewal in response to God's love and generosity, even through suffering, will lead by 1995 to

  • doubling our total witness efforts in existing congregations and in new cross-cultural urban settings.
  • adding more than 500 strong congregations of caring disciples and experiencing overall membership growth exceeding 50 percent in North America, and
  • increasing the number of workers supported in mission beyond North America from about 500 to more than 1,000.
Stewardship

We pray that personal and congregational renewal in response to God's love and generosity, even through suffering, will lead by 1995 to increasing the portion of our collective income given through congregational offerings from the present level of about 5 percent to more than 10 percent of total individual and family income.

Commitment

As delegates to the 1985 Mennonite Church General Assembly, we commit ourselves to pray and work toward these goals in our conferences, congregations, and local communities. We ask the Mennonite Church General Board to oversee strategic planning, coordinating the particular contributions of all boards, agencies, and conferences in this effort.


Adopted by the Eighth Mennonite Church General Assembly, on August 14, 1985, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, Proceedings, p.22.