Vision, Mission, Unity, Growth – Begin with Love

Wichita Falls MCC
What it means to be a part of our community of faith.

4 May 2015

Welcome to “Vision, Mission, Unity, Growth”: a focus on our church’s meaning and impact…as we understand them together. Here, we share articles from both within and outside of our church community for reflection and prayer. If you would like to contribute to this resource, please email your contribution to

Our Vision: Wichita Falls MCC is an exuberantly inclusive, loving, and serving community of faith offering God’s promise, Christ’s salvation, and the Holy Spirit’s comfort to all.

Our Mission: [To] Gather in compassionate kinship with acceptance of all, Encourage awakenings within the diverse paths of following Christ, and Celebrate a common faith in a loving God, endless hope in the face of suffering and doubt, and the many gifts of the Spirit present in the Body of Christ.

…from Listen Here >>

In Decision-Making, Begin with Love

by Nancy James

Why is it that we are more likely to begin with what we won’t love, or the equivalent of what isn’t possible?


“Meetings seem to bring out the hard-wired tendency of groups to begin with the downside of proposed solutions. You have probably helped decorate walls with paper filled with lists and concluded meetings wondering how the final solution actually emerged from the conversation. Typically in these situations, people leave unsure about what to do next.”

“When individuals can imagine themselves implementing the solution, you have created natural alignment and commitment. Energy for implementation will be easier to muster and maintain.”

Read the full article here >>

Add Your Voice…

When considering what we might do as a church, do you START with loving the possibilities, or with anxiety over what challenges will come? >>

What do YOU see? – Part 3

by Rev. Mel Martinez Listen Here >>

Personal vision is something we each picture for our lives, the lives of our family members, for our pets, for our colleagues, for our friends; anyone and any place that we love. Those personal visions influence our life’s trajectory; what we pay attention to, what we look for, and how we interact.

We have a church vision, as seen above. Inherent in that vision are the many visions of those who helped create the church’s vision statement, and of those who approved it. So, in this time of growth and change, what do YOU see?

This is the third segment of statements in my vision of our church. Remember, this is only my vision, the revelation I have experienced in my prayer and seeking God’s guidance. Take time to read mine…I offer it freely. Then, please take a few moments to offer YOUR vision. It is in our combined visions that we can find unity in our collected ministries as Wichita Falls MCC!

Pastor’s Vision Segment

8. I envision a church that creates shared values with intentionality and dialogue so that all who minister with us do so in covenant.

9. I envision a church that embraces all walks of faith as having value to the journey-maker. I envision a church that, while founded in the gospel of Christ, is able to learn openly, engage wholeheartedly in relationship, and share our truths in belief without requiring “rightness”. This is a church that understands righteousness as a tool for our own sense of right living, and as a humbling honor to be yearned for in our actions, our speech, and our intent.

10. I envision a church that is moved by the desire to give away, and that does not center our thoughts on what is gained in return.

11. I envision a church that chooses to grow constantly in love and is open to receiving the blessings showered upon us by God as a privilege never deserved, but always offered.

12. I envision a church open to change as a movement of the Spirit.

13. I envision a church with a passion for justice in all areas of human rights; in accessibility to resources, in just treatment by civil leaders, in equal status as human beings regardless of ethnicity or nationality, and in the celebration of all relationships that are born out of mutual respect, compassion, and love.

14. I envision an MCC tirelessly serving as an example of what our Christian faith could be; the joining of all God’s creatures into one community that provides refuge, learning, service, and courage to live this often-tragic existence in the company of a risen Christ, an eternal God, and a lively Spirit.

What Do YOU See? Add Your Voice! >>


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