Why do churches come up with mission statements and values? Sometimes it can seem like we're just making distinctions in the body of Christ by doing so. But really the heart behind church statements throughout its history is to create continuity through the centuries.
"To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter." 2 Thessalonians 2:14-15