The church at Antioch in Acts 13 is an example of the kind of church God uses to accomplish His Mission. The obvious strength of this church is the leaders mentioned.
In the last several Equipper articles we considered the importance in life and ministry to establish a clear mission and vision. The goal is not to simply have an engaging statement but to build a strategic plan based on the mission and vision. This is often where mission and vision statements fail.
In Bible college, I was taught a fundamental principle for studying the Word of God. "If you want to understand a truth or principle of Scripture, go back to where it began and follow it." Establishing the Mission of the Church requires us to go back to the beginning of the church. Mission is not established by finding some "new" paradigm or a cultural expression.