The updates to the Christian Board of Publication’s mission statement may be small, but they’re significant to a ministry in the midst of societal change.
At its September meeting, the CBP Board of Directors approved a new mission statement:
The mission of CBP/Chalice Press is to publish resources inviting all people into deeper relationship with God, equipping them as disciples of Jesus Christ, and sending them into ministries as the Holy Spirit calls them.
So, what changed? Two new words – all people – were added. In an era when Christianity often is derided as exclusionary and divisive, adding inviting, inclusive language highlights CBP’s commitment to inclusion and diversity.
“Our roots are in the Stone-Campbell Movement, and we are historically affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), both of which invite all believers to an open Communion table. That invitation is at the core of our beliefs,” said Brad Lyons, CBP President and Publisher. “We want to reflect that openness and extend God’s invitation to all people in our work and our products.”
Chuck Blaisdell, Sr. Pastor of First Christian Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Chair of the CBP board, said. “In a society riven by ideologies that portray life as us versus them, CBP is wholeheartedly committed to helping and equipping people to remember that God indeed calls us to principled openness to one another, as we seek ways to work together to further God’s hope of reconciliation, justice, and peace.”
Other small changes include change three infinitives – to invite, to equip, and to send – into action verbs.
“As part of a church in a world that needs to hear the Good News, we want our products to serve as a call to action. We are inviting, we are equipping, we are sending,” Lyons said.