The Institute’s purpose statement answers the question, “Why do we exist?”
To engage all we are for the glory of God.
The first question of the Larger Catechism asks the question, “What is the chief and highest end of man?” Answer: “Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him for ever.” A more complete answer to this question is found in Man’s Chief End: God’s Glory by Thomas Watson, a 17th century Puritan pastor and writer.
The Institute’s vision statement answers the question, “What are we trying to accomplish?”
To permeate the Kingdom of God with reproducing leaders.
The word “permeate“ comes from per, which means through, and meare, meaning to glide, flow, or pass, hence “to pass through” or “to pass into and affect every part of.” It can also mean “to penetrate and spread through.”
In theological terms, the Kingdom of God “means not so much a domain, as a reign; not so much an area over which the king reigns, as the activity of reigning” (Donald Guthrie, New Testament Theology, p. 409). Guthrie maintains that the kingdom “is essentially the sovereign activity of God” (p. 419). In our vision statement, we are affirming that we must embrace the scope of Christ’s vision for the world – “make disciples of all the nations” – and seek to make reproducing disciplemakers in every country where Jesus instructs us to go.
The Institute’s mission statement answers the question, “How do we plan to accomplish our vision?”
The Jackson Institute fulfills its vision by contributing to the cultural, intellectual, and spiritual formation of individuals who are on a passionate quest to be welcomed, received, and acknowledged by God.
Our mission is our commitment to act on our vision. By offering personal mentoring, leadership training, investigative forums, lectures, open discussions, publications, and spiritual direction, we are prayerfully seeking life transformation in those who are passionate about hearing God’s “well done.”