As you learned in last week’s article, the NCFCA mission statement has been refreshed and condensed to allow for clarity and ease of communication. Our mission is to challenge and equip ambassadors for Christ to communicate truth with integrity and grace.
When considering how to capture the mission of NCFCA in a more succinct fashion, the Board of Directors was inspired by the clear message and mission God has given to all believers in 2 Corinthians 5:17–20:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (ESV)
As ambassadors for Christ, our mandate is to share God’s message of reconciliation with the world. There is an old way of life that we expose and a new way that we champion. This renewal applies to human beings but also in a larger sense to all of creation. Scripture promises that one day, “the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21). Therefore, the truth that we have to communicate is a truth that applies to every field conceivable: the arts, sciences, politics, culture, philosophy, religion, and much more!
Therefore, we provide opportunities to train and compete that challenge students to build their communication skills so that they can be effective ambassadors for Christ in all areas of life. These opportunities seek to equip young people with the critical thinking skills, knowledge, wisdom, eloquence, and creativity needed to grow as communicators.
The message and the mission are clear, but one more thing is needed: we must also embrace a method that is honoring to God. When we communicate as Christ’s ambassadors, we must do so with integrity and grace. To communicate with integrity means being completely honest, giving credit where credit is due, and refusing to distort information or manipulate audiences. A communicator demonstrates grace by showing respect, kindness, generosity, and love for all people.
The Board of Directors is absolutely committed to carrying this mission forward for years to come and invites all of our families to make the same commitment. Together, we can challenge and equip ambassadors for Christ to communicate truth with integrity and grace.