Purpose is essential to the health of the church. Lewis Carroll stated the obvious. He said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”
Doug Moolenhauer said, “Without purpose and vision your company is going nowhere.” He instructs his students in the Executive Education program at UBC’s Sauder School of Business that purpose powers everything.
Purpose is the “why” that gives a business direction. In her book, “Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life,” Margie Warrell, writes: “Knowing your why is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you and create a life you enjoy living (versus merely surviving!).”
In order for the church to be healthy it also must find and keep a firm hold on its purpose. Otherwise it will flounder following the latest fads and popular programs in the church world. Rick Warren, the author of “The Purpose Driven Church” agrees. He says, “The issue is church health, not church growth! If your church is healthy, growth will occur naturally. Healthy, consistent growth is the result of balancing the five biblical purposes of the church.”