Last December, an article came out that was very critical of NASA. The article was titled “Expert Panel: NASA seems lost in space, needs goal” and very frank about NASA having a lack of a specific mission statement.
“More than two years after the president announced the interim goal of sending humans to an asteroid by 2025, there has been little effort to initiate such a mission,” said the report by a panel of the distinguished National Academy of Sciences.
In another withering passage, the panel said NASA’s mission and vision statements are so vague and “generic” that they “could apply to almost any government research and development agency, omitting even the words ‘aeronautics’ or ‘space.'”
Quite surprising. According to this panel, the government agency that we associate with sending men to the moon and responsible for the space shuttle missions seemingly has failed to clearly communicate their mission, and stay on the tasks that they have been given. To not include such key words as in “space” or “aeronautics” is rather surprising.
So, how does this apply to worship and worship leadership? Could it be possible too that we don’t clearly communicate what our mission is?
According to the Westminster Catechism, the answer to the question “What is the chief end of man?” is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”. Do we help those in our congregations realize our mission–glorifying God and enjoying him? How are we intentional about communicating our mission?
What about the organizations that we are a part of? Is our mission statement clearly defined? Does it drive our thinking? Do members in the organization know it and live by it?
One commenter noted on a post Lessons from the Locker Room “that it takes an organization about 20 times of listening and thinking about an organization’s goals, purposes, visions, etc. until the team members finally internalize these ideas”. That is a lot of repetition, but likely necessary for our organizations to not “get lost in space”.