The early church of the apostles had a central, all-encompassing mission: to continue the ministry of the One they had come to accept as the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. One of the apostles, Paul, wrote in I Corinthians 12 that Christians should begin to think of themselves collectively as “the Body of Christ” – the gathering of faithful and devoted followers who together now represented the physical presence of the now-resurrected, now-ascended Savior. This image is a rich and inspiring one which helps to further elaborate our vision in more concrete ways:
The Mission of the Bolton Congregational Church UCC
The mission of Bolton Congregational Church UCC is to reveal the living body of Christ in our world, today. As we are fed by the uplifting power of Gods Spirit and by our compassionate support of one another, we become energized to share with others the abundance of love, the resources, and the happiness with which God has blessed us. As members of this Body, we commit ourselves as Christs disciples to share our abundance in these ways:
As the early church of the apostles sought to represent the presence of the risen Christ in the first century, so do we commit ourselves to being the Body of Christ in our community, state, nation and world as a new millennium opens up before us now twenty centuries after Paul imagined the church in this way!