I have a very good friend that describes the question of mission and vision as a boat. In a sense what he says is this that the boat is our mission and the direction that we take the boat is our vision. In other words the mission statement tells us what boat we’re sitting in. The vision tells us the direction that we ought to be rowing that boat.
Our mission or purpose answers the why questions of life. Why are we here? Why do we exist? I assume it’s a question that’s been asked for thousands of years. It’s a question, which others much more educated than I have asked many times before and yet it’s a question that continually seems to come up. The vision tells me how things ought to look when I get to the end. What I’m working toward and what I hope to accomplish.
They tell me (whoever they are) that part of the role of the chaplain is to shape the philosophy, vision, and direction chapel. In these last few weeks I’ve been wrestling with those questions exactly. What is the role of chapel here at Mount Vernon? What’s the purpose and duty? Where exactly do we want to go with it? How should it impact all of us?
I know that these may sound like silly questions and I realize that we’ve always had chapel, but in many ways asking the question helps to put all of us on the same page. It allows us to pull together as we move forward. It somehow reminds us of what we want God to do in our midst in those moments.
Maybe you have thoughts about all of this. Maybe chapel played a significant role in your time in college or maybe it didn’t but you think it should have. I would love to hear from you. Perhaps you have no great insight but you would be willing to pray for me and others as we wrestle with these questions. Whatever the case I would covet your prayers.