What Is a Church Supposed to Do?

A mission statement has become a popular tool for businesses to clearly communicate the purpose of their existence. Here are a few of the mission statements of some of the largest companies in the world:

Google: Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Facebook: Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

Microsoft: Microsoft’s mission is to enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential.

Skype: Skype’s mission is to be the fabric of real-time communication on the web.

Disney: The mission of the Walt Disney Co. is to be one of the world’s leading producers of entertainment and information…we seek to develop the most creative, innovative, and profitable entertainment experiences.

Many in the secular world have the ability to clearly communicate their mission. The Lord Jesus Christ had this same ability when He gave His disciples their mission statement. The mission of the church is to make disciples of all nations (see Matthew 28:18–20).

Over the years, many followers of Christ have redefined His mission. Christians belong to Jesus Christ—we are His followers, not the other way around. We have no right to redefine the purpose of the church. Our responsibility is to believe and obey the commands given by Jesus in what we refer to as the Great Commission.

What is the Great Commission of the church?

The Great Commission is to make disciples (followers of Jesus Christ). How do we do that?

In Matthew 28:19–20, Jesus used three action words to explain how to make a follower of Christ: going, baptizing, and teaching. For someone to become a follower of Christ, it is not enough just to become a Christian, nor is it enough just to get baptized. A true follower/disciple of Christ is someone who makes a commitment to follow Christ (is saved), then is baptized after making that commitment (see Acts 2:41), and then continually grows spiritually by learning the Bible, the Word of God.

Simply Put…

One of the clearest ways to define what a church family is supposed to do is: evangelism and edification. Every Christian is to be involved in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Evangelism = Soul Winning

Edification = Soul Building

From April 30 through May 4, Valley Forge Baptist will be hosting its 25th Annual Missions Conference. It truly is the most important week of the year for our church family. Someone wisely said, “A missions conference is a church in a business meeting deciding the fate of the heathen.” How will you vote? Come and meet some very special people who are willing to leave all that’s familiar in our country to take the Gospel to those in foreign lands.

It’s going to take the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to complete the job of reaching our world with the Gospel.


The story is told of a man strolling on the beach who spotted a young boy tossing starfish back into the ocean. Along the shore were many starfish that had been washed up by the tide and were sure to die before the tide returned. The man watched as the little fellow picked up another of the dying starfish that had washed ashore. He chided the boy: “I’ve been watching what you’re doing, son. You have a good heart, and I know you mean well, but you’ll never save all those starfish. Does it really make any difference what you’re doing?”

The little boy looked up from the starfish he held in his hand and as he gently tossed it back into the ocean, he replied, “It makes a difference to this one!”

Like the boy in the story, what you do with your life does make a difference to those around you. Jesus commissioned the people of the church to reach the world with the Gospel. The question is this: Will you make a difference with your life and be a part of what the church is supposed to do?


Article by Pastor Scott Wendal
Senior Pastor of Valley Forge Baptist

How Does Church Help Me?

A  lot of people say, “I want to be a Christian but I don’t need a church.” That’s like saying, “I want to play football in the NFL but not be on any team…. I want to be a soldier but not have a platoon…. I want to play a French horn but not be in an orchestra…. I want to be a sailor without a ship–a bee without a hive.” A Christian without a church family is an orphan. God told the Christians at Ephesus that they belonged together with other Christians in His church (see Ephesians 2:19). A church is not simply a place that you go to every week, but a family you belong to. God designed a church for His glory and our benefit.

How Does Church Help Me:

Five Benefits of a Bible-believing Local Church

1. It Helps Me Focus on God – Worship

Some days it is so easy to be distracted by “life” that we can go through the whole day and not even think about God. Sometimes we can forget about God because we might be too busy, too happy, too stressed, or too whatever. God gave us the 4th commandment: “Every seventh day, refocus on God!” Every time you refocus on God and express your love to God, you are worshiping. Jesus called loving God the greatest commandment (see Matthew 22:37–38). God loves you and He made you to love Him back.

2. It Helps Me Face Life’s Problems – Fellowship

Life is tough! It can be one problem after another! As a result, we all sometimes get discouraged, tired, fatigued, and drained. God never meant for you to go through life all by yourself. He wants you to have a church family for support. The Christian life is not a solo act. We draw strength from one another. Someone once said “A shared joy is a double joy; a shared sorrow is half a sorrow.” We all need fellowship.

3. It Helps Me Fortify My Faith – Maturity

“Fortify” means “to strengthen, to develop, to reinforce.” We have breakfast cereals that are fortified with vitamins. Toaster pastries are fortified with Vitamin A (so we can say they’re health food). A church family fortifies you and helps you clarify your values. It helps you set your priorities. It helps you figure out, what you really believe. A church family helps you develop character, conviction, and integrity. God says a church family is designed to help you grow and mature your faith.

4. It Helps Me Find my Ministry – Service

You weren’t put on earth just to take up space. God expects you to give something back. He expects you to make a contribution with your life. He gave you certain abilities, talents, and gifts that He expects you to use to help other people. Any time you use your talents or what you know to help somebody else, that’s called ministry. A “non-ministering” Christian is a contradiction. You were made for ministry. One day every Christian is going to stand before God and He is going to say, “What was your ministry? What did you do on earth to make a contribution to someone else?” A church family helps you discover and develop your ministry (see Ephesians 2:10).

5. It Helps Me Fulfill My Life Mission – Purpose

God has a grand purpose for your life. You were put on the earth for a reason God chose even before you were born. He chose exactly the parents to whom you would be born and where. All of these things you had no control over because He was making you for a mission. God created you for a purpose, and He says “I want you to fulfill it.” The moment you trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, God activates your life mission. Part of your life mission is called the Great Commission – telling other people the good news about Jesus Christ.  Someone told you, and so you are to pass it on to others. God wants every Christian to be a messenger of God’s love to others.

I really do need a church… and my church needs me. Find a Bible-believing church family and say, “This is going to be my home.” No church is perfect, but nothing is more important than the church of Jesus Christ! If you do not have a church family that is fulfilling these five purposes, come be our guest.


Article by Pastor Scott Wendal
Senior Pastor, Valley Forge Baptist