MSBAUMC Mission Statement and Ministry Statement

In 2013, we decided to adopt a statement of mission. After receiving input from those who had considered what was most important to include, a statement was drafted, revised, and adopted.

The purpose of creating such a document was to make known to ourselves what our central mission is. That way, when we may then move into the varied and diverse ministries that each person may pursue, we might have a little bit more light for where we may hope our journey will take us.

Put another way: Mission – why actions should be taken. Ministry – what actions should be taken.

In pursuit of grace and avoiding legalism, the mission statement exists as below; the ministry statement is, as it has been for quite some time, still in its raw form.

Mission Statement

God is love, and we strive to be the same. Surrounded by His grace, we seek to be a welcoming and hope-filled fellowship. The journey will have valleys and mountain tops, and we will walk, leap, and crawl together in love. We search for the whole truth. We have found His love to be overwhelming, and we invite you to be overwhelmed with us!


Ministry Statement

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.


Contact Info

Email: info@brightredfence.org
3424 Beechwood Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15217-2963
(412) 421-4431

For nothing is impossible with God.
-Luke 1:37



Mission Statement as long and longer

The mission statement exists in three forms: the accessible(above), the full form(below), and the fully scripturized (extra below)

Full Mission Statement
This is the mission of this community of believers (hereforth refered to as ‘church’).

God’s Will, which is rooted in love, is our focus. His Will will be revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. We have found the Holy Spirit to act through the study of scripture, prayer, and interactions with other people. The words of Jesus from scripture paint His Will vividly and completely in conjunction with the entirety of scripture. We must be discerning at all times. Our discernment must be from the entirety of scripture, and we share our understanding in self-less love.

The church will prepare and train to do God’s Will by studying scripture, praying, and using the gifts we have been given. We all have fruit that is ready for the harvest and fruit that is not yet ripe. When we say ‘all’, we mean every person whom Jesus loves. God’s garden is wide and diverse, and He has not sown sparingly. We receive these gifts from God, and it is the work of the Holy Spirit that nurtures them.
As helpers in the garden, we create an environment for the Holy Spirit to act. We strive to be an encouraging presence. This presence is not only prayer and words of encouragement, but also steps, leaps, and stumbles in faith taken together.

We strive to be a welcoming community.
God loves all, and we strive to do the same.
God has hope for us all, and we strive to do the same.
God gives grace to all, and we strive to do the same.
God’s love bears out judgement, for the Judge of all the earth does what is right. We strive to be intercessors of Him, yet are not his instruments of wrath.
We will meet people where they are and extend this community wherever we go on the face of the earth.

Mission Statement (fully bibli-fied)
This is the mission of this community of believers (hereforth refered to as ‘church’).

God’s Will, which is rooted in love, is our focus.
We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
His Will will be revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.
If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:15-17
We have found the Holy Spirit to act through the study of scripture, prayer, and interactions with other people. The words of Jesus from scripture paint His Will vividly and completely in conjunction with the entirety of scripture.
For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say. John 12:49-50
We must be discerning at all times. Our discernment must be from the entirety of scripture, and we share our understanding in self-less love.
But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Galatians 3:22
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. Galations 5:13-15

The church will prepare and train to do God’s Will by studying scripture, praying, and using the gifts we have been given. We all have fruit that is ready for the harvest and fruit that is not yet ripe. When we say ‘all’, we mean every person whom Jesus loves. God’s garden is wide and diverse, and He has not sown sparingly.
The farmer sows the word. Mark 4: 14
We receive these gifts from God, and it is the work of the Holy Spirit that nurtures them.
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:4-6
As helpers in the garden, we create an environment for the Holy Spirit to act. We strive to be an encouraging presence. This presence is not only prayer and words of encouragement, but also steps, leaps, and stumbles in faith taken together. We strive to be a welcoming community.
“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:21-24
God loves all, and we strive to do the same.
God has hope for us all, and we strive to do the same.
God gives grace to all, and we strive to do the same.
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corintians 13:
God’s love bears out judgement, for the Judge of all the earth does what is right.
Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right? Genesis 18:25
We strive to be intercessors of Him, but are not his instruments of wrath.
Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” John 18:11
He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore. Isaiah 2:4
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him. Mark 12:17
We will meet people where they are and extend this community wherever we go on the face of the earth.
Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Luke 17:20-21