Mission Defines Who We Are
In Community of Christ mission is about creating a just and peaceful world here, on planet Earth—known traditionally in the Restoration as Zion.
Mission comes first and matters most. Mission shapes our theology, our congregations, and our priorities. When we live out the mission of Christ, we experience and share God's love.
In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus read from Isaiah and proclaimed his mission:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Our five Mission Initiatives define how we join with God in Christ's mission.
ABOLISH POVERTY, END SUFFERING
Serve the poor and hungry, and stop conditions that diminish the worth of persons.
PURSUE PEACE ON EARTH
Promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace in neighborhoods, cities, and nations.
Salvation Here & Now
We face the future with hope and join with God here and now to create communities that affirm the worth of all persons and the sacredness of creation. We follow Jesus who said, “Repent, the kingdom of God is at hand!” Which is to say, "Turn towards God and respond through love in action now."
Doctrine & Covenants 163 proclaims:
The restoring of persons to healthy or righteous relationships with God, others, themselves, and the earth is at the heart of the purpose of your journey as a people of faith.
The hope of Zion is realized when the vision of Christ is embodied in communities of generosity, justice, and peacefulness.
Above all else, strive to be faithful to Christ’s vision of the peaceable Kingdom of God on earth. Courageously challenge cultural, political, and religious trends that are contrary to the reconciling and restoring purposes of God. Pursue peace.
God, the Eternal Creator, weeps for the poor, displaced, mistreated, and diseased of the world because of their unnecessary suffering. Such conditions are not God’s will. Open your ears to hear the pleading of mothers and fathers in all nations who desperately seek a future of hope for their children. Do not turn away from them. For in their welfare resides your welfare.